Are dialects in that area any different from standard Russian?

Well, there are Northern Russian and Southern Russian dialects, also Centrall Russian dialects whic were basis for literary Russian, Novgorodian dialect was member of family of northern dialects. Differences between dialects never were to big, and now all Russians use standard Russian due to educational system and mass media.

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