Russia's soft power plan to increase its control over the Middle Eastern country should come as no surprise to people in Central Asia who have been subject to similar plans for decades.
The blatant political overtone of the designation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his foundation as 'extremist' is a reflection of the political crisis engulfing Putin.
The Kazakh government has rejected a Russian official's claim that the Eurasian Economic Union was working on a 'unified' response to sanctions against member states.
The Russian authorities say nearly 200,000 Russian prisoners have 'right' to punishment such as forced labour, while observers say new initiative will once again worsen conditions for migrants.
The Iranian foreign minister levels harsh criticism at Qassem Soleimani and the IRGC's influence on Iran's foreign policy in a leaked audio file that is causing ferocious domestic backlash.
Russian politicians are again undermining Kazakhstan's sovereignty by saying the city of Pavlodar has no right to drop Soviet-era names of 23 streets.
Observers and concerned citizens in Central Asia and beyond are shaking their heads at the newly signed legislation that opens the possibility for Putin to stay in power until 2036.
Russia is vying for more influence in the Middle East. Its alliance with Iran, the Syrian regime and Hizbullah, however, has cast doubt about its intentions.
An estimated 20,000 foreign fighters -- many of them Kremlin-backed Wagner Group mercenaries -- are 'a stab in our back', the country's interim prime minister said after a historic unity vote.
The Kremlin's increasingly close relationship with the hostile Iranian regime undoubtedly will hobble Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Gulf countries this week.