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Latest Turkmenistan News

Central Asia Plus Japan Dialogue Holds Session In Bishkek

Foreign ministers from the five Central Asian countries and Japan are convening in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, for a conference known as the Central Asia plus Japan Dialogue. More

Turkmen, Kyrgyz To 'Widen' Ties

Turkmenistan has said it plans to "widen" diplomatic ties with Kyrgyzstan. More

Family Of Turkmen Conscript Say He Died In Hazing Incident

The family of a Turkmen conscript who died while in service are alleging that he was murdered in a hazing incident. More

Kremlin Tightens Requirements For CIS Citizens To Enter Russia

Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced it is tightening entry requirements for the citizens of former Soviet republics. More

​Turkmenistan, South Korea Sign $4 Billion Gas Processing Deal

Turkmenistan and South Korea have signed a $4 billion in agreement to build natural gas-processing plants in the Central Asian nation. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Russia's In The Driver's Seat, But China's Buying The Car

While Russia does maintain a series of levers in Central Asia -- cultural, economic, militaristic -- these levers will not remain in perpetuity. China doesn't yet dictate Central Asia's direction and sway, but it seems to be just a matter of time before it does.. More

Here We Go Again: Turkmen Statue Proposal Suggests History May Be Repeating Itself

Turkmenistan, where praise for the president is always on public display, is about to have a new statue. More
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Features & Commentary

Yelena Ryabinina, Advocate For Central Asian Refugees, Mourned By Friends And Colleagues

One of Russia's most prominent defenders of Central Asian refugees, Yelena Ryabinina, dies after a long battle with cancer.
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Video Turkmen Starting To Complain In Greater Numbers

Under Turkmenistan's notoriously repressive regime, those who publicly criticize the government have been known to end up in jail. But that hasn't stopped an increasing number of Turkmen from approaching RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondents in recent months to voice their dissatisfaction with officials. Is it bravery, desperation, or a more tolerant atmosphere?
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Video Turkmen Starting To Complain In Greater Numbers

Under Turkmenistan's notoriously repressive regime, those who publicly criticize the government have been known to end up in jail. But that hasn't stopped an increasing number of Turkmen from approaching RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondents in recent months to voice their dissatisfaction with officials. Is it bravery, desperation, or a more tolerant atmosphere?
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Video Real State Of Turkmen Medical Care A Far Cry From Official Images

Since coming to power in 2006, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has invested tens of millions of dollars to modernize his country's health-care sector, building gleaming new medical facilities filled with state of-the-art technology. For many ordinary Turkmen, however, the reality is far less shiny.
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Afghans Criticize Government’s Handling Of International Norouz Event

The Afghan government has angered many Afghans by ditching a plan to hold an international Norouz festival in a multimillion-dollar castle specifically built for the event.
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Interview: 'The Tenge Follows The Ruble'

The devaluation of Kazakhstan's tenge comes close on the heels of the devaluation of another major regional currency, the ruble. Is there a connection? RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel speaks with Alex Nice, a Central Asia expert at the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit.
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