Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Latest Turkmenistan News

Moscow Voices Pre-Summit Stance On Caspian

Russia is pressing its opposition to the division of the Caspian Sea into five sectors ahead of a summit of the five nations with coastlines on the inland sea. More

Turkmenistan's Future Diplomats Complete OSCE Course

Sixty Turkmen students majoring in international relations and international law have completed training the OSCE hopes will help strengthen the Central Asian former Soviet republic's connections with the outside world. More

EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics. More

Turkmen Leader Meets With Iranian Defense Minister in Ashgabat

The president of Turkmenistan has met with the defense chief of Iran, the officially neutral Central Asian nation's southern neighbor. More

Turkmenistan To Open Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

Turkmenistan is planning to open an embassy in Kyrgyzstan soon, part of an effort by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to decrease his country's isolation. More

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Is Turkmenistan Losing Iran As A Gas Customer?

Iran's oil minister says his country no longer needs gas from Turkmenistan. While it might just be a bargaining tactic, it could reflect a potential shift in Iran's role in the international gas market. More

Video More Warnings South Of The Afghan-Turkmen Border

The situation in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan Province continues to deteriorate, with one official claiming an increasing number of ethnic Turkmen are taking up arms, fighting with and against the Taliban, and that the lack of any government force capable of maintaining order has led to the resurgence of local warlords. 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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