Aruuke Uran Kyzy works at TRT World Research Centre. She has a degree in International Relations, English and Literature from Istanbul University. Her current area of focus is Russian and Central Asian studies.
As Moscow attempts to re-establish old Soviet ties and buy influence in the continent, it is presenting itself as the alternative to old self-interested colonial powers.
With his sharp and witty political commentary, wheelchair-bound Alexander Gorbunov stirred Russia's public discourse, gaining over a million followers on Twitter in a short time and attracting the attention of the police.
The journey of a 60-year-old Turk who mastered the art of adorning mosques with glittering messages in the holy month of Ramadan.
Russia has been targeting the Tatars with illegal detentions and other threats, even forcing them out of Crimea, but the ethnic minority refuses to accept Moscow's sovereignty
A new law in Russia can pave the way for the government to have greater control over what Russians can access on the internet.
Kazakhstan's leader for the past thirty years has voluntarily left the presidency, a first in the region.
New laws and rhetoric that defines parameters for acceptable forms of Islam in Russia run the risk of turning into draconian laws that can potentially be used to persecute Russian Muslims.
Most people in the Caucasus feel they are facing a cultural onslaught, equating the bill to the policy of former Russian emperor Tsar Nicholas II, who wanted Russian to be prioritised over other native languages.
The republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia have finally agreed on a border - but it has triggered unrest, and that unrest fits neatly into Russia's strategy of chaos-as-containment in the former Soviet republics.
The Dungan, a little-known community of Russian-speaking Muslims of Arab-Chinese descent, have survived years of religious persecution and yet managed to keep their identity intact.
The Chinese One Belt One Road initiative is running through a chunk of Russia's sphere of influence in Central Asia. It will inevitably pit Russia and China against each other.
Russia and Turkey have managed to build a pragmatic relationship despite diverging interests and a historical regional rivalry. It's in both countries interest that it survives past elections.
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