# Italic Cyrillic in Times

I am using pdftex (not XeTeX or LuaTeX) and I need to submit a camera-ready article in Times. My article is in English but needs to briefly quote Russian sources, some of which have inline italics. When I use the mathptmx package, however, none of the Cyrillic text is in italics.

For example, the following produces "Неприкосновенный запас", not "Неприкосновенный запас" as desired:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{mathptmx}
\usepackage[russian,english]{babel}
\begin{document}
\foreignlanguage{russian}{\textit{Неприкосновенный} запас}
\end{document}


I suppose this is because the Times font doesn't provide italic Cyrillic glyphs. However, it's not a big deal if my Russian text is in a slightly different serif font. What's the easiest way to set up my document so that I can produce Cyrillic text in both upright and italic variants (in addition to the default Times for the Latin text)?

• There's no free Cyrillic Times available in TeX distributions. You need to use some substitute, I'm afraid. – egreg Apr 28 '15 at 20:19
• Is a slanted font that doesn't linebreak a workable solution? If so, you could use \slantbox[.25]{} instead of \textit{}, as found in Bruno's answer at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/63179/shear-transform-a-box/… – Steven B. Segletes Apr 28 '15 at 20:22
• ebgaramond has cyrillic glyphs in upshape and italic shpae (but purposely no bold version). It has a scaled= option that allows to match x-height with the height of another font. – Bernard Apr 28 '15 at 20:30

There is no Cyrillic Times freely available in the current TeX distributions, so I suggest a different font:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T2A,T1]{fontenc} % or OT1 instead of T1
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{mathptmx}
\usepackage[russian,english]{babel}

\DeclareRobustCommand{\cyrins}[1]{%
\begingroup\fontfamily{erewhon-TLF}%
\foreignlanguage{russian}{#1}%
\endgroup
}

\begin{document}
Some text in English,
\cyrins{\textit{Неприкосновенный} запас},
back in Latin script.
\end{document}


Here Erewhon (based on Utopia) is used, which is not too distant from Times.

If the standard Computer Modern Cyrillic is acceptable as well, just change \fontfamily{erewhon-TLF} into \fontfamily{cmr}, but the result is definitely poorer.

I'd suggest

\usepackage{newtxtext,newtxmath}


instead of mathptmx.

## Update

There is a free Times-like font supporting Cyrillic!

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T2A,T1]{fontenc} % or OT1 instead of T1
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[russian,english]{babel}
\usepackage{newtxtext,newtxmath}
\usepackage{substitutefont}

\substitutefont{T2A}{\familydefault}{Tempora-TLF}

\begin{document}

Some text in English,
\foreignlanguage{russian}{\textit{Неприкосновенный} запас},
back in Latin script.

\end{document}