Illyumzhinov’s rule of Kalmykia, a primarily Buddhist Republic on the shores of the Caspian Sea, was characterised by a string of bizarre escapades including an alien abduction in 1997 and the campaign slogan ‘a wealthy President is a safeguard against corruption’.
Public transport woes hit the streets of over forty cities in the former Soviet Union once again as contention of double-decker proportions rears its heads in the shape of Stalinobusy – buses bearing the face of the Great Marshal himself.
After decades of repression, Islam in Tatarstan, like its newly printed Holy Book, is big, back, and unapologetic in showing it
Putin’s United Russia cannot have become more divisive since December’s Parliamentary elections, which reminded the Kremlin in the rudest possible terms that Russia is indeed a Federation. Uniting Russia, whether Russia wants it or not, heavy-handed centralisation was the name of the game until the extent of the party’s dependence on country’s Republics – its autonomous, non-Russian regions – was revealed.
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