Brutal wars in Chechnya and now trouble in places such as Ossetia and Ingushetia have shown the world that ethnic conflict and Islamic separatism are seen as serious threats to Russia, even as it tries to regain some of the power it wielded during the Cold War.
But not all of Russia's Muslim republics are so restive. Welcome to sunny Tatarstan.
Produced by Jason Maloney & Zygmunt Dzieciolowski
Field Producer: Oleg Pavlov
Associate Producer: Aidar Galyautdinov