The Primakov Center, like any other Russian state-funded institution, poses a national security concern, say security watchers.
The new law drew the ire of Russian politicians, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, sparking an outcry from Kyrgyz citizens who accuse Russia of openly meddling with their country's affairs.
Young Kazakhs are advancing local culture and learning Kazakh and increasingly want to separate themselves from the Soviet past and modern Russia.
Schools are making children sit at 'hero desks' adorned with pictures of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine as part of a systematic effort to mould youth into 'loyal militarised nationalists'.
English is the language of modern business, international relations and new knowledge, and it must be bolstered, say Uzbek educators.
Russian authorities are forcing teachers and parents in occupied areas to accept Moscow's propaganda curriculum or face severe consequences, including losing parental rights.
English skills are key to breaking free from Russian propaganda sources, educators and students say.
Children reporting on their elders, police arresting opposition members, and unidentified regime thugs threatening citizens who speak out -- all is reminiscent of dark Soviet times.
A teacher in St. Petersburg was forced to resign after reading poems written by 'enemies of the people' to her students, causing many in ex-Soviet states to fear that Stalinism is returning.
Learning English will give Uzbeks the opportunity to 'break free from the captivity of the Russian mentality', according to one analyst.