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The changes would open the door for authoritarian President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, 57, to be president for life.

Turkmenistan Considers Extending Presidential Rule

Lawmakers in Turkmenistan are considering constitutional changes that would remove the 70-year age limit at which a president can serve. More

Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (file photo)

1,200 Turkmen Prisoners Get Amnesty

Turkmen state media is reporting that some 1,200 prisoners have been pardoned in a sweeping amnesty. More

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov

HRW: Austrian President Should Urge Ashgabat On Disappearances

​A rights group says President Heinz Fischer of Austria should urge President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan to address serious human rights problems in the country. More

The Freedom House report mentioned the detention of investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova (left) in its criticism of Azerbaijan's media space. (file photo)

Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years. More

Turkmenistan's First Telecommunications Satellite Put Into Orbit

Turkmenistan's first telecommunications satellite has been put into orbit. More

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Kazakhs, Turkmen Divide Caspian Spoils Despite Demarcation Doubts

Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan have agreed to their maritime border in the Caspian Sea despite the continued lack of agreement on the legal status of the Caspian among its five littoral states. More

Audio The Trans-Caspian Pipeline: Technically Possible, Politically Difficult

RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, assembled a panel to discuss the prospects for construction of the TCP and for shipping Turkmen gas to Europe. More
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Features & Commentary

Turkmen President Honors Himself With Giant Gold Horse Statue

Authorities in Turkmenistan have unveiled a giant golden statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on horseback in the capital, a towering sign of a growing personality cult celebrating the authoritarian leader.

For Victory Day, Post-Soviets Show Their Colors -- Just Not Orange And Black

Red, purple, pink, blue-and-gold. Many people in post-Soviet countries are choosing any color, it seems, for their Victory Day symbols -- just not the orange-and-black of Russia's St. George ribbon.

New Chinese Bank Becomes Major Headache For U.S.

China's decision to establish a new China-led development bank for Asia is causing major headaches in Washington. As countries -- including, now, Russia -- rush in to join the bank before a March 31 deadline, the United States looks increasingly isolated.

U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.

Sports & Dictators: In 2014, A Match Made In Heaven

Many people turn to sports as a welcome break from politics. But from the Olympics to Formula 1, the year 2014 revealed a growing connection between big-ticket sporting events and ugly political regimes.

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies

As the value of Russia's ruble tumbles amid low oil global prices and Western sanctions, it is taking the currencies of many former Soviet republics down with it.

Don't Shout, Don't Push, Eat Blini: Russian Orthodox Church's Manual For Migrants

Migrant laborers in Russia will soon be required to pass Russian language, history, and civics tests. And now the Russian Orthodox Church wants to teach them how to behave.

In Kyrgyzstan, A New Interest In Russified Names

Tens of thousands of Kyrgyz are changing their names to sound more Russian in the belief it will make their lives easier.
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