Authorities in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan are increasing security measures ahead of this weekend's parliamentary elections -- including locking up the mentally ill.
Residents are connecting the new bread's appearance to the decision by the general-director of a local bread producer to run as a candidate for Tatarstan's parliament.
The top Russian election official has said that elections in Russia are much better organized than the ones held in the United States and Germany, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reported.
Russian holdings in defense industry companies located in Tatarstan continue to grow as Moscow gained five large companies in an agreement reached this week, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
The world's first Kurultay (Congress) of the Crimean Tatars is scheduled to take place on May 19-22, despite a boycott by some Crimean Tatar groups.
Dozens of people gathered in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk on the weekend to protest economic measures recently passed by the government in an effort to ease the financial crisis, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
Tatarstan's Economy Ministry has forecaste an 18 percent GDP decrease in 2009, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
The chairwoman of the Milli Mejlis, a self-proclaimed pan-Tatar parliament, says she will go on a hunger strike if Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) continues to pressure her.
Tatarstan's deputy mufti says he hopes U.S. relations with the Muslim world will improve under President Barack Obama.
People in the Russian republic of Tatarstan are divided on the issue of removing Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin's monument from the center of Kazan on the 85th anniversary of his death.
The Russian government has appointed a new Federal Security Service (FSB) chief in the Bashkortostan office, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
Opposition groups in Bashkortostan are discussing a short list of possible successors to long-serving President Murtaza Rakhimov, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.