A group of Russian Blender enthusiasts have picked up the task of translating 'Essential Blender' into Russian. As the content of the book has been released under a Creative Commons license, I'm actually surprised that we don't see more initiatives like this!
For last 3 weeks Russian blender community of blender3d.org.ua blender forum works to translate this great book for Russian speaking Blender users.
3 weeks ago PalSan and Ldir founded a page on b3d.mezon.ru wiki and clamed about project on all famouse 3D forums. Here are translators, correctors, illustrators and blender users, who use this not finished artikles to improve their skills.
We are doing our best to make russian edition of Essential Blender until 1-st of september!