Vadim Meshcheryakov is a correspondent for RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service.
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November 07, 2017
Language Conflict Flares Up In Russia's Tatarstan
In July, President Vladimir Putin said it was "impermissible" for regions of Russia to compel students to learn languages other than Russian. The comments inspired one woman in Tatarstan to sue for damages suffered by her son, who was compelled to study the Tatar language.
September 13, 2017
'Another Day At The Office': Navalny's Campaign Head In Kazan Continues To Fight Despite Repeated Arrests
Across Russia, campaign workers for opposition politician Aleksei Navalny have faced violence and harassment from both the authorities and nationalist thugs. His Kazan campaign chairwoman, Elvira Dmitriyeva, says it is just "part of the job."