I am trying to write text in Russian language with some citations in Russian, English and German references using XeLaTeX + polyglossia + biblatex + biber. As a biblatex style I use biblatex-gost which processes multilingual bibliographies fine with usual LaTeX + babel + bibtex, but the results in XeLaTeX are not so good - all fields are not localized.

My .tex file:

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper]{article}


\setmainfont{Palatino Linotype}
\setmonofont{Courier New}


\setotherlanguages{english, german}


Some text \cite{Gonzalez2002,Gonzalez2005ru}.


thesis.bib file:

  title = {Digital Image Processing},
  publisher = {Prentice Hall},
  year = {2002},
  author = {R. C. Gonzalez and R. E. Woods},
  pages = {793},
  edition = {2},
  language = {english},
  hyphenation = {english}

  title = {Цифровая обработка изображений : Пер. с англ},
  publisher = {М.: Техносфера},
  year = {2005},
  author = {Р. Гонсалес and Р. Вудс},
  pages = {1072},
  language = {russian}

The result pdf looks like this:

but should:

I've read that biblatex cannot work with polyglossia (at least it was so some time ago), but I hope there is a possible solution and would be very grateful if anyone could help me.

UPD: As a TeX-system I use TeXLive 2012.

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    The babel=other setting only works with babel loaded. A solution would require adding a polyglossia interface to biblatex. If you can't work with babel and xecyr, consider submitting a feature request.
    – Audrey
    Jan 10, 2013 at 21:01
  • I get \edef\gostmedialanguage{russian} when I try to compile Your document.
    – Adobe
    May 20, 2013 at 15:16
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    We have just submitted a potential fix for polyglossia support to the 2.8 DEV biblatex version on SF. Please try it and report any problems to the enhancement request here: github.com/plk/biblatex/issues/69
    – PLK
    Sep 28, 2013 at 13:00
  • Do you need to load first polyglossia or fontspec?
    – skan
    Nov 25, 2016 at 16:08

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The authors should know better but as far as I know Biblatex does not officially support polyglossia (unfortunately). I use Babel with xecyr which seems to work fine, although I've not tested it thoroughly.

UPDATE: Polyglossia support has been added to Biblatex since ver.2.8.

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