Since 2009, the editorial board of the literary magazine for Russian-speaking children Malenkaya Kompaniya, together with the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), conducts annual Olympiadas of Spoken Russian for heritage speakers (region: Heritage North). Children from 6 to 18 can take part in the contest (there are various levels depending on the age, whether the child studies Russian at home or at school, and other factors). There are three exam boards: Oral Speech, Reading, and Civilization. Each participant is evaluated by all three boards.

The first Olympiada took place in June 2009. The Twelfth Olympiada was held in 2020 online, due to COVID. You may see its results here.

Rules and materials for the preparation are here (in Russian): Registration Form

The Award Ceremony of the

Thirteenth ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian

will take place on Saturday, June 19 at 12:00 PM

People in New York, who cannot attend the ceremony, can get their awards later. Please contact us at We will mail awards to those from other states after June 20.