Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed the creation of a federal agency to oversee ethnic issues in the huge, multiracial country.
The only television channel broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language on the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea has stopped functioning along with its affiliates.
A senior leader of the Crimean Tatar community says he is urging members of the Muslim minority to remain on the Black Sea peninsula despite worsening conditions following Russia's takeover a year ago.
The head of the company that owned the building housing a shopping center damaged in a deadly fire in the Russian city of Kazan last week as been arrested.
Russian authorities say two firefighters will face administrative punishment for taking selfies in front of a blazing shopping mall and posting the photos on the Internet.
The death toll from a fire at a shopping center in the Russian city of Kazan was raised to 17 on March 14 after emergency workers found more bodies amid the debris.
The new role has been deemed necessary because of a perceived increase in what the Kremlin describes as "the significance of international cooperation on counterterrorism."
A civil rights activist in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan has been sentenced to three years in prison for the "public justification of terrorism."
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry early on March 13 raised the confirmed death toll from a fire at a shopping center in the city of Kazan to 12 after finding more bodies in the debris.
A Crimean Tatar activist has been arrested over a clash on the Black Sea peninsula in February 2014, shortly before Russia seized control.
Rescue workers are searching for as many as 15 people who could be trapped under rubble after a fire at a shopping center in the Russian city of Kazan.
The leaders of two Russian Turkic republics visited Kyrgyzstan as Bishkek is getting ready to join Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES).