Mari is an official language (together with Russian) of the Mari El republic of the Russian Federation, with speakers also in the Tatarstan, Udmurtia, and Perm regions. It is a literary language, using the Cyrillic alphabet.
There are two Mari languages: Hill Mari (in the minority) and Meadow Mari. Some Mari also speak Tatar.
Russian and Tatar have strongly influenced Mari, especially Meadow Mari.