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The Russian edition was launched in September 1942 and was published about once a month. Accordingly only four issues were produced in 1942.
By early 1944 the Russian edition had a circulation of approximately 100,000 copies.
With issue number 6/1944 the edition's code was changed from "Rus" to "Ost", probably to reflect the fact that the magazine targeted several groups of non-Russian readers as well. These included foreign volunteer formations such as Cossacks, as well as the Ostarbeiter of which Ukrainians made up the largest portion.
In 1945 the Russian edition began to include a number of 'secondary' languages, again reflecting its other-than-Russian target readership. Apart from Russian, the contents index for issue number 3/1945 was printed in five additional alphabets: Georgian, Tatar, Crimean Tatar (Crimean-Turkish), Armenian, and Azerbaijani (Azeri).
NOTE: The existence of Ost 4/1945 has not been confirmed but is considered likely in view of the monthly frequency.