2005-06: Ruslan Bashkirov played 35 games for HC Spartak Moscow's division three team in Russia as a 16-year old. He also participated in several tournaments with Russia's U18 squad, including the 2006 U18 World Junior Championship where he dominated with 6 goals and 8 points in 6 games.
2006-07: Bashkirov and his twin brother Roman left the HC Spartak system for the QMJHL to play for Patrick Roy with the Quebec Remparts. Both brothers scored at a better than point-per-game pace as Quebec finished fifth in the Telus Division. Ruslan made his mark by notching 30 goals and 67 points, along with 117 penalty minutes and a +11 rating. He also played in the CHL prospects game, scoring two goals and earning his team's Player of the Game award. In the playoffs, he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -2 with 6 PMs in the five-game series with Drummondville. Bashkirov was selected by the Senators in the second round (60th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft (his brother Roman wasn't drafted). Both brothers headed back to Russia shortly after the draft. After originally signing with Kazan AK Bars, Bashkirov signed a five-year contract with Khimik Mytischi in the Russian Super League in August 2007.
2007-08: Bashkirov was scoreless in four Russian Super League games in his first season with Khimik Mytischi and spent most of the season with the club's junior team. He played 12 games with Crystall Elektrostal in the second division and scored 4 goals and with 22 PMs. Bashkirov was selected by the OHL's Peterborough Petes in the second round (73rd) round of the CHL Import Draft but chose to return to Russia after attending the Senators' developmental camp.
2008-09: Bashkirov skated in two games for Lada Togliatti in Russia's re-christened KHL and played 45 games alongside brother Roman with HK Rys in the Russian third division. He was scoreless with 2 PMs in KHL play. In 48 games with HK Rys he scored 9 goals with 8 assists and had 20 PMs.
2009-10: Bashkirov moved up to Russia's VHL (second league) with Molot-Prikamie Perm. In 37 games he scored 10 goals with 8 assist and had 12 PMs. In 10 playoff games for the second-place club he scored 2 goals with 3 assists as Molot-Prikamie reached the semifinals.
2010-11:Bashkirov began the year with Molot-Prikamie Perm and scored 1 goal with 2 PMs in eight games in limited ice time with one of the VHL Eastern Conference's top teams. He had much more success and a larger role after joining middle-of-the-pack HK Ryazan in the Western Conference. Bashkirov scored 8 goals with 10 assists and had 18 PMs in 28 games with HK Ryazan. He was scoreless in three VHL playoff games.
2011-12: Bashkirov and twin brother Roman played for HK Ryazan in Russia's VHL (second league). In 20 games for a team that finished with the league's third worst record he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was minus-13 with 14 penalty minutes.
A talented sniper with an impressive scoring touch, Bashkirov has also impressed with his aggressiveness and competitiveness. He has an above average top speed and excellent agility, though he does need to continue to work on his skating stride. Bashkirov protects the puck well and is a deft stickhandler. He plays the game with an edge to the point where it sometimes detriments his team. Along with learning to play a more consitent and disciplined game, Bashkirov needs to get more involved as he has a tendency to stand around at the perimeter.
Bashkirov is playing for HF Ryazan, a team in a lower Russian league, for the 2012-13 season.