The following information is not confirmed.
The Russian Embassy in Canada has mentioned to us and to several others that Russia is seriously considering requiring Canadian applicants for Russian visas to fill in the Russian application form in the Russian language and Russian cyrillic alphabet.
This is in retaliation for actions taken by the current Canadian government under Harper against Russians applying for Canadian visas. Canada now requires Russians to use either English or french, but not Russian.
So the Russians, having first retaliated by imposing the new long 2-page form, are now set to impose the use of Russian language answers.
This may happen at any time. Be warned.