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Turkmenistan

Turkmen President Urges Youth To Read 'Rukhnama'

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/88E25D2C-C2E7-47D7-B864-9573D3DDDE8E_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="President Niyazov (right) with children at the opening of an exhibition center in Ashgabat in 2005 (ITAR-TASS)"> <img alt="President Niyazov (right) with children at the opening of an exhibition center in Ashgabat in 2005 (ITAR-TASS)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/88E25D2C-C2E7-47D7-B864-9573D3DDDE8E_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>President Niyazov (right) with children at the opening of an exhibition center in Ashgabat in 2005 (ITAR-TASS)</p></div>March 20, 2006 -- Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov says Turkmen youth should read his book "Rukhnama" ("Spirituality") three times if they want to go straight to paradise.

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Doing so, he says, will allow the reader to "become intelligent and grasp the nature and laws of things and the worth of mankind."


Niyazov spoke last night at a ceremony marking the holidays of Norouz and Women's Day.


Questions remain about whether Niyazov actually wrote the two-volume "Rukhnama" himself. In Turkmenistan, it's advertised as a second Koran and has been translated into 30 languages.


(ITAR-TASS)

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