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Russia's Eyes Focus on Tatarstan

Mar 8, 2017 | 00:28 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) can respond one of two ways to criticism from Rustam Minnikhanov, the leader of Tatarstan: Offer the republic financial concessions or purge the popular outspoken critic of his administration.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) can respond one of two ways to criticism from Rustam Minnikhanov, the leader of Tatarstan: Offer the republic financial concessions or purge the popular outspoken critic of his administration.
(MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Political clashes, bank closures and protests have rumbled through Tatarstan in recent months, shaking a region that is key to Russia's stability. The Muslim area's strategic location in the heart of Russia means additional unrest in the federal autonomous region could spread throughout the country....

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