(of a country or region) having the freedom to govern itself or control its own affairs
acting independently to some degree
another name for Mari El.
an autonomous republic in the NW Caucasus in SW Russia, with a largely Muslim population; population 408,500 (est. 2009); capital, Maikop. Full name Adygei Autonomous Republicˈɑːdɪgeɪ
an autonomous republic in central Russia, west of the Urals; population 4,042,900 (est. 2009); capital, Ufa. Also called Bashkir Autonomous Republicbaʃˈkɪə
an autonomous republic in European Russia, south-east of Nizhni Novgorod; population 835,400 (est. 2009); capital, Saransk. Also called Mordvinian Autonomous Republic