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.
Actions by the Kremlin in the last few weeks -- including organising fake support rallies -- have destroyed Vladimir Putin's reputation and image as a strong politician.
The pro-Kremlin organisation that is recruiting Russian Kazakhs openly states large swathes of Kazakhstan should be annexed by Moscow.
Faced with waning popularity, Russian President Vladimir Putin may have miscalculated the ramifications of arresting opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as Russians take to the streets.
Many Lebanese say that Hizbullah, whose chief, Hassan Nasrallah, was subordinate to Soleimani, is at the root of the country's problems.
Russian politicians and journalists are saying if Kazakhstan doesn't acknowledge that parts of the country were 'gifts from Russia' then maybe the Kremlin should take them back.
The bill would grant the Russian president and his family immunity from prosecution for any crime committed during their lifetimes. They also will be exempt from searches, arrests or questioning.