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Top 15 Russian YouTubers to “Follow” to Fluency

YouTube may be your go-to place for kitten videos or help doing your hair, but it can also be your go-to place for improving your Russian skills.

Russian YouTubers not only provide entertaining content, they also provide a helpful, engaging and authentic learning resource for Russian students.

If you want your learning to go viral, check out these 15 great Russian vloggers on YouTube.


1. AdamThomasMoran

10.7M subscribers

Home to the show “+100500,” this is a popular, long-running channel. “+100500” is a weekly show that features video clips along with humorous commentary. There are also some travel vlogs. The host, Maxim Golopolosov, is one of Russia’s first internet celebrities and now makes TV appearances.

While the videos feature adult content, they’ll teach you general, colloquial vocabulary. Golopolosov speaks fairly quickly but clearly, so this is a good place to test your listening skills. His travel vlogs, like this one on Alice Springs, Australia, are also a helpful way to learn geography-related vocabulary.

There are even a few English versions of videos available on an English channel he started years ago, which may be helpful for understanding their Russian counterparts.


9.47M subscribers

FROST features a variety of different types of videos, including topics like video games, travel and challenges.

For instance, video game fans might enjoy this video on a Sims 4 love triangle, which will help you practice general vocabulary along with more game-specific terms. You can also check out videos like his new take on bottle flipping, which provide enough context to help you understand what’s happening even if you don’t catch all the words. This is a good place to practice listening to Russian without getting bogged down.

3. This is Good (This is Хорошо)

6.39M subscribers

“This is Хорошо” (“This is Good”) is actually a Latvian YouTube channel and a long-running web series that a few people are involved in producing. It’s also one of the few popular Russian-language YouTube channels that doesn’t feature swearing. While the channel is based in Latvia, it uses the Russian language.

Like “+100500,” “This is Хорошо” features video clips along with commentary. Because it covers a wide variety of topics, it’s a great channel for learning general vocabulary. Each vlog post contains a number of video clips, so there are several topics in each post. For instance, you might try a video featuring both a hedgehog and a grandmother.

Additionally, “This is Хорошо” offers Russian subtitles, which is a helpful way to connect the spoken and written language. The speaking is also very clear, which will make these videos easier for Russian learners.

4. TheKateClapp (Катя Клэп)

7.15M subscribers

Kate Clapp posts funny, brief videos that are perfect for short bursts of Russian listening activities.

Her videos include parodies, sketches and general conversation.

While she speaks fairly rapidly, she also speaks quite clearly. She covers general interest topics, so it’s easy to select a video based on what sort of vocabulary you want to learn. For instance, her video on what’s in her bag will help you learn vocabulary for common objects.

5. Advoko MAKES (Адвокат Егоров) 

2.26M subscribers

While it’s not as popular as most of the YouTube channels on this list, Адвокат Егоров offers some popular, useful videos that will appeal to survivalists and anyone who loves the outdoors.

These vlogs feature helpful tips and tricks for outdoor enthusiasts. For instance, you never know when you might need to build a primitive pizza oven (though my guess would be immediately).

These videos are great for helping you learn vocabulary related to nature and tools. The audio is a bit muffled, so this channel is a little more challenging for Russian learners.

6. Elena Krygina (Елена Крыгина)

818K subscribers

Elena Krygina is a Russian makeup artist and vlogger. She posts primarily makeup tutorials and product reviews.

For instance, you might try learning some Halloween makeup from her.

The audio quality is sometimes muffled, so the videos may be challenging for some Russian learners. However, more advanced learners will be able to learn a lot of beauty-related vocabulary.

7. RomaAcorn (Рома Жёлудь)

696K subscribers

Roma Acorn is a divisive pop singer. Think of him as the Russian Justin Bieber; the comparison is made even more accurate because he actually toured with Justin Bieber.

Roma Acorn posts a wide array of videos, including music videos, travel videos and general conversation. For instance, if you want to get with the hip lingo, you might try his video explaining “swag.”

Roma Acorn’s videos are sometimes lewd, so you won’t want to watch if you’re offended by that sort of thing. Nonetheless, they’re a helpful way to learn popular slang and general vocabulary.

8. Sasha Spilberg (Саша Спилберг)

6.37M subscribers

Sasha Spilberg is a popular Russian vlogger turned singer.

Her YouTube videos focus largely on general conversation and lifestyle commentary. However, her videos cover a wide array of topics including video games and beauty. You can also check out her music videos and TV appearances.

Her upbeat, energetic manner makes it easy to watch her videos. Her speaking is also quite clear, so her channel is great for Russian students.

Since she covers such a wide array of topics, it’s easy to target particular vocabulary sets. For instance, she shows you around her house in one video; this is a great way to learn vocabulary about common household items.

9. TheBrianMaps (Брайн Мапс)

17.6M subscribers

Brian Maps posts funny skits and some “challenge” videos.

The videos can be a bit cheesy, but they’re certainly entertaining. Topics include pretty much anything possible to mock. For instance, the skit about characters from “The Sims” coming to life will help you learn common, everyday vocabulary (and imagine the possibility of Sims coming to life).

Perhaps best of all, subtitles are often available in both Russian and English, so this channel is convenient for Russian learners who need a little extra support to understand spoken Russian.

10. Maria Way

4.15M subscribers

Maria Way’s primary focus is beauty tutorials. However, she also offers videos that focus on general conversation.

She clearly has some massive beauty skills, so you can learn some helpful tips along with vocabulary on related subjects.

For instance, you can learn makeup-related terms as you learn how to make yourself look like Johnny Depp (you never know when that will come in handy).

Additionally, Maria Way usually speaks relatively slowly and quite clearly, so Russian learners should be able to understand her more easily.

11. BadComedian

5.92M subscribers

BadComedian, with a subscriber count of almost 6 million, is a renowned figure in the Russian YouTube scene. Known for witty film critiques, this channel provides a fantastic way to polish your conversational Russian.

The host, Evgeniy Bazhenov, blends humor with insightful commentary, making movie reviews a delightful language learning experience. Dive into the world of BadComedian for a mix of entertainment and language learning.

12. Ruslan Usachev (Руслан Усачев)

2.78M subscribers

Ruslan Usachev (Руслан Усачев), with almost 3 million subscribers, is a Russian vlogger who offers a diverse range of content mainly about travel, lifestyle and news.

His channel is as an excellent resource for learners seeking to learn varied everyday vocabulary.

Usachev’s clear articulation and engaging storytelling make his videos an enjoyable addition to your language learning journey. If you love travel content, then this channel is your go-to!

13. vDud (вДудь)

10.3M subscribers

vDud (вДудь), with a substantial following of over 10 million subscribers, is hosted by Yuri Dud (Юрий Дудь). This channel stands out with in-depth interviews featuring public figures and celebrities.

The conversations are a goldmine for anyone who wants to learn everyday expressions and nuanced use of Russian language.

Yuri Dud’s interviewing style, combined with the diverse topics covered, ensures a comprehensive language learning experience with every video.

14. EeOneGuy (ИванГай)

16.7M subscribers

EeOneGuy (ИванГай) is the creative haven of Vladislav Bumaga. This channel is perfect for younger learners with humorous sketches, challenges, and vlogs.

While the content is very lighthearted, it’s a great opportunity for you to absorb contemporary Russian slang and expressions. You can check out his video about Elon Musk

Vladislav’s energetic delivery adds a dynamic element to language learning, making EeOneGuy a vibrant addition to your language learning resources.

15. Like Nastya

113M subscribers

Like Nastya is a Russian-American YouTuber based in Miami, Florida and her channel revolves around the adventures of a young girl named Nastya (Anastasia Radzinskaya) and her family.

The child-friendly content provides a unique avenue for beginners to grasp basic Russian vocabulary and sentence structures.

Nastya’s charming narratives and visual context create an immersive language learning environment, making this channel an invaluable resource for anyone starting Russian learning journey.

Why Watch Russian YouTubers?

  • Watching Russian vloggers is a helpful way to learn colloquial language. Most vloggers speak like their target demographics. For instance, vloggers whose audiences are primarily young people will speak like young people. This is a great way to learn authentic colloquial language. (Note: Most of the popular Russian YouTube channels use swear words, so if these offend you, YouTube with care.)
  • It’s easy to find vloggers relevant to your interests, which will encourage you to practice listening frequently. Vloggers cover all sorts of different topics, from humor to makeup. This makes it easy to choose a subject you like. If you enjoy watching the videos, you’ll be much more likely to keep watching the videos, which will encourage you to practice your Russian often.
  • Finally, watching Russian vloggers is good practice for real conversations. Since vloggers frequently use a conversational style, watching a vlogger often feels like having a conversation (albeit a one-sided conversation). This is a great way to prepare for real conversations with native Russian speakers.


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