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Turkmen President's Plays Debut At Five Theaters --> "Rukhnama," the volume of spiritual teachings attributed to President Niyazov (ITAR-TASS) October 21, 2006 -- Five new theaters are opening in Ashgabat today and all are featuring plays attributed to President Saparmurat Niyazov.

A Culture Ministry official says the theaters themselves chose to do productions based on Niyazov's "immortal works."

Meanwhile, Niyazov appeared on state television today, asking Turkmen citizens not to praise him so often.

"It is hard for me to listen to applause meant only for me," he said.

(Interfax, AFP, AP)

Human Rights In Turkmenistan
Tajigul Begmedova speaking at RFE/RL in Prague on July 21 (RFE/RL)

LIFE UNDER NIYAZOV: On July 21, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by TAJIGUL BEGMEDOVA, chairwoman of the Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (THF). Begmedova discussed the human rights situation in Turkmenistan under President Saparmural Niyazov, focusing on the arrests in June of THF activists and RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. Begmedova, who graduated from the Institute of Economy in Moscow in 1987, fled Turkmenistan in 2002 and lives in exile in Sofia.


Listen to the complete presentation (36 minutes; presentation in Russian with consecutive translation into English):
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