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Lavrov Says Russia Wants Closer Ties With Turkmenistan

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said during a visit to Turkmenistan that Russia is eager to forge closer ties with the secretive and authoritarian Central Asian nation. More

The Transparency International report points out that no country came close to achieving a perfect score, and lists a string of corruption scandals that occurred in Denmark -- considered the world’s least corrupt country -- and other Scandinavian countries that are known for low rates of corruption.

Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Fingered By Corruption Watchdog

An international monitoring group says people around the world demonstrated to governments in 2015 that they must become more transparent and tackle the large-scale corruption that continues to plague so many countries and hinder their development. More

Police officers detain a protester in Moscow last year. According to Freedom House, 2015 saw Russia and other authoritarian regimes "crack down harder on dissent."

Report: Biggest Slide In Freedom In A Decade

The worst year in global freedom in a decade saw Russia and China cracking down more due to "fear of social unrest" and particularly bad rankings for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus, the rights monitor Freedom House reports. More

Turkmen Banks Halt Hard-Currency Sales

Banks in Turkmenistan have stopped selling hard currencies, sparking a jump in black-market rates amid fears of a fresh devaluation. More

Turkmenistan Opens New Gas Pipeline

The president of Turkmenistan says the completion of a new gas pipeline will boost cooperation with European partners. More

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Latest Blog Posts

Audio Nepotism And Dynasty In Central Asian Politics

It seems a pattern of governance has emerged, or rather reappeared, in Central Asia: the dynasty. More

Bad Time In Central Asia

The writing has been on the wall for Central Asia for months now -- an economic crisis was coming to Central Asia and there was no way of avoiding it. To discuss this new reality of Central Asia, today and for the foreseeable future, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service assembled a panel discussion. More
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Features & Commentary

Don't Mess With Turkmenistan's Horses

Turkmenistan's authoritarian president has a soft spot for Akhal-Teke horses -- the country's national symbol. So he has passed a new law regulating the horses' lives.

'Torture By Hunger': Horse Breeder Describes Desperate Days In Turkmen Prison

During the repressive rein of President Saparmurat Niyazov, horse expert Geldy Kyarizov went from the halls of Turkmenistan's government to a "horrific" penitentiary where he spent five months before his release. Allowed to leave the secretive Central Asian state in September, Geldy Kyarizov gave RFE/RL a harrowing account of "torture by hunger" in its toughest prison.

Video U.S. Envoy Tells Russia's Neighbors: Having Putin As Your Only Friend Not A Good Idea

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer says former Soviet republics should enhance their relations with the European Union and the United States and avoid dependence on Russia.

New Walls Rise After Iron Curtain’s Fall

The idea of erecting barriers to keep undesirables at bay did not crumble with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.

Hard Times: Why Are Commodity-Exporting Countries In Trouble?

As commodity-exporting countries worldwide face problems, Kazakhstan is the latest to feel the economic pain.
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