As journalist from RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service who had the “honor” of being a flower girl during Niyazov’s reign tells it, the young people chosen to perform in these elaborate displays of affection pay a price — literally…[read more]
Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov may oversee one of the world’s most repressive security states, but the Turkmen president — commonly referred to in official circles as “arkadag” (protector) — knows how to throw a party…[read more]
@azathabar: First Statue Appears of Turkmenistan’s (Latest) Autocratic President
It took five years, but the first statue of Turkmenistan’s autocratic President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has appeared in Ashgabat.The white equestrian statue depicts Berdymukhammedov clad in the attire of a traditional Turkmen tribal chief, astride his horse and with a dove — a symbol of luck in Turkmen culture — near his raised right hand.
The dove is inscribed with a poem, called “My White Dove,” that was dedicated to Berdymukhammedov and has been recited on state television and appeared in other official media…[READ MORE]
State-run media in Turkmenistan have declared that the Central Asian country has entered a new “era of supreme happiness of the stable state” in the wake of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s landslide reelection victory.
Turkmenistan’s ‘White’ Revolution
Since coming to office five years ago, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has sought to show of his own style of leadership — all the way down to the color scheme. From his clothing to his carpets to the flowers that ornament his public appearances, everything in Berdymukhammedov’s world is a gleaming, crystalline white. We look at Berdymukhamedov’s own “white” revolution…[See the rest of the photos…]
ASHGABAT — Turkmenistan’s first and only 3-D movie theater has fallen flat with audiences apparently tired of its one-dimensional film offerings, RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service reports.
The multimillion-dollar cinema has been showing only one film, “Turkmenistan the Heavenly Land,” since it opened in central Ashgabat about six months ago.