Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Latest Turkmenistan News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in Berlin on August 29.

Merkel: Turkmenistan To Discuss Allowing Foreign Envoys To Visit Its Jails

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Turkmenistan has agreed to discuss the possibility of giving foreign diplomats access to its prisons. More

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (file photo)

HRW Calls On Merkel To Challenge Turkmen Leader On Human Rights

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the German government to urge Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov "to end enforced disappearances and address other serious human rights problems in the country." More

Turkmen President Slams Sports Chief Over Poor Olympic Showing

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has publicly criticized his sports chief for the country's poor showing at the Rio Olympics. More

Mysterious Curfew Complicates Lives Of Turkmen City Residents

Residents of the eastern Turkmenistan city of Turkmenabat say local police have been enforcing an 11 p.m. curfew for the past several days without giving any explanation. More

Belarus Detains, Plans To Extradite Turkmen-Born Former Journalist

The Border Guard Committee of Belarus said on August 5 that it has detained a Turkmenistan-born Swedish man and is preparing to extradite the former journalist back to Turkmenistan. More

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Audio The Gulen Schools In Central Asia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-exile in the United States, for being the mastermind behind the alleged plot to overthrow his government. Turkey has urged other countries to shut their "Gulen schools," including in Central Asia. More

Uptick In Violence On Afghanistan's Central Asian Border 

Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan are concerned about the potential implications of their southern neighbor's security problems, even more so since some of their nationals are members of militant groups that have been plaguing the Kabul administration. More
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Features & Commentary

Turkmen Leader Plans Rare Visit To Berlin, With Call For Merkel To Target Ashgabat's Rights Record

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov visits Berlin on August 29 to discuss economic relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Human rights activists hope she will use the opportunity to urge him to end repression in his country.
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Video Failed 1991 Coup Changed U.S. Diplomacy Toward U.S.S.R.

A failed coup in August 1991 by hard-liners in the Soviet government is widely seen as contributing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991. To mark the 25th anniversary of the so-called August coup, RFE/RL spoke with former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns about Washington's perspective during those heady events.
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Video In Wake Of Blown Coup, Turkey Takes Global Aim At Gulen Movement

As Turkey cracks down hard on perceived enemies like the Gulen movement at home, it also looks set to escalate the controversy over the global Islamic education movement by pressing other countries to follow suit.
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