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Russia: The End of Bashkir and Tatar Independence

Jul 18, 2010 | 22:13 GMT
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev (L) meets with former Bashkir President Murtaza Rakhimov in Sochi on July 15
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With the resignation of the longtime president of Bashkortostan, the Kremlin has consolidated control over the two energy-rich semi-autonomous Muslim republics....

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