Business letter in Russian: structure

Do you learn Russian for work and want to write a Business letter in Russian? This post is for you, looking at the basic structure of a business letter, its main elements.

how to write a business letter in russian


We just go through just the basic structure here, not considering some specific elements (national emblem, resolutions, registration number, etc.) If you need to write a letter on paper with all the formalities, check this standard (valid till 1st of July 2018). The new standard comes into effect on 1st of July 2018.

Business Letter Structure

business letter in russian

Variant 1

business letter in russian

Variant 2


Date (Дата)

We write dates in the following order: number, month, year (18.06.2017 or 18 июня 2017).

Heading (Заголовок)

If the letter is short, you can skip the heading.

Addressee (Адресат)

a) When you write to an organization (or its department), address to the company’s name (department’s name):

ООО «Сеть мебельных
центров «Уютный дом»
финансовый отдел

b) When you write to the head of an organization, use this pattern:

руководителю ООО «Сеть мебельных
центров «Уютный дом»
Мухиной М. В. (или: г-же Мухиной М. В.)

c) When you write to the head of the department :

ООО «Сеть мебельных
центров «Уютный дом»
руководителю финансового отдела
Комарову А. Б. / (или: г-ну Комарову А. Б.)

Addressing (Обращение)

Start your formal letter with the word ‘уважаемый’ to address to a person politely:

  • Уважаемый г-н Комаров!
  • Уважаемая Маргарита Вячеславовна!

If you don’t know the name, just write ‘Уважаемые господа.’

Final etiquette phrase (Заключительная этикетная фраза)

We usually write ‘С уважением, …’ at the end of the letter (before our name and signature).

But sometimes you can see other variants (‘С надеждой на плодотворное сотрудничество,’ ‘С надеждой на дальнейшее взаимовыгодное сотрудничество,’ etc.).

That is all for today. In the next posts, we will look at different types of Business letters. You will find standard phrases to use in the text there, learn about more and less formal ways to write about something. And of course, there will be examples of letters.

Useful links

Do they use the same approach to write business letters in your country? What is different?

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