The Russian language is one of the recognized instruments of “soft power”. Towards results of the School on Central Asia
Darya Andreyeva, a participant of research and educational seminar the School on Central Asia - 2016, which was held in Bishkek, is writing about that for Russian Planet:
“The Russian language united people living in the Russian Empire and the USSR, but after 1991, when the government of the former Soviet republics took a tack towards derussification, it started losing momentum. That trend was also present in Kyrgyzstan”.
A full text of the article in Russian can be found here