Moscow deliberately employed non-Russian troops to fight in Central Asia - Tatar, Bashkir , Kazakh, Uzbek and Turkmen detachments were pitted against the anti-Bolshevik invaders.
These diverse groups lie scattered from the Caucasus and Ural mountains to eastern Siberia, and include the Tatars, Chuvash, Bashkirs , Sakha, Tuvans, Karachai, Khakass, Altays, and others.
A Rosneft spokesman did not deny the company was interested in the Bashkir assets, the paper said.
Initially, Bashkirs sought to realize their aspirations by turning to the Whites, but it was not long before reform-minded Muslims and political radicals turned to the communists.
Ufa, the capital of the Bashkir republic, became the wartime seat of the Soviet Ukrainian government.
The paper cited a source close to the Bashkir leadership as saying that Kremlin chief of staff Dmitry Medvedev had organized the Sistema deal.
Bashkir is spoken principally in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.
Bashkir (also referred to as Basquort/Bashkort) is spoken primarily in the republic of Bashkortostan between the Volga River and the Ural mountains in Russia.
He attracted a following of peasants, Old Believers, Ural mineworkers, and non-Russians such as Bashkirs and Kalmyks.
Ufa, with its significant Bashkir population, was one of three ARA districts inhabited largely by Muslims.