Protesters in four regions of Russian that are home to non-Russian ethnic groups have demonstrated to demand the release of a jailed Tatar activist, Rafis Kashapov.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov says his country will never join any "alliance similar to the U.S.S.R."
A mobile phone designed for Muslims has gone on sale in Russia.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has accused Russia of suppressing the culture of its Finno-Ugric minorities by decreasing education in their traditional languages.
The family of prominent Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov says he has been detained by security officials who also raided his home in the city Russian city of Chally.
A court in the Russian city of Kazan has sentenced an ethnic Tatar to three years and 10 months in a general corrective prison colony for fighting in a militant group in Syria.
A court the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region has convicted and sentenced a man from Kazan on charges of fighting alongside Islamic militants in Syria.
Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved a rock-star level of fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalized on December 14 after a fall during a visit to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
An ethnic Tatar man from Kazan in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan is standing trial on charges of fighting with a militant group in Syria.
Russia's state railway company says it will stop almost all service to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan for a year starting December 14, citing a lack of demand.
A court in China's northwestern Xinjiang Province has sentenced eight members of the Uyghur community to death on December 8 for two deadly attacks in the region.
Ten New York residents, including five former Soviet citizens, have been charged in a $70 million scheme to defraud Medicaid and Medicare at health clinics in New York.