Romanian Cyrillic alphabet

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The Romanian Cyrillic alphabet is the Cyrillic alphabet that was used to write the Romanian language before the 1860s, when it was officially replaced by a Latin-based Romanian alphabet.[citation needed] Cyrillic remained in occasional use until the 1920s, mostly in Russian-ruled Bessarabia.[1]

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Romanian Cyrillic
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16th–19th centuries
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Early Cyrillic alphabet
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From the 1830s until the full adoption of the Latin alphabet, the so-called Romanian transitional alphabet was in place, combining Cyrillic and Latin letters, and including some of the Latin letters with diacritics that remain in the modern Romanian alphabet.[2] The Romanian Orthodox Church continued using the alphabet in its publications until 1881.[3]

The Romanian Cyrillic alphabet is not the same as the Moldovan Cyrillic alphabet (which is based on the modern Russian alphabet) that was used in the Moldavian SSR for most of the Soviet era and that is still used in Transnistria.