This week’s Majlis podcast looks at the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), which Turkmenistan is hosting from September 17 to September 27.
The games will be a rare event for Turkmenistan, a country that usually shuns outside visitors but for the latter half of September will allow thousands of foreigners into the country.
Turkmenistan has been spending a huge amount of money to prepare for AIMAG.
But while the authorities are anxious to show off the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, to the world, they seem less anxious for the world to see Turkmenistan’s citizens, whose access to the games has been heavily curtailed even though they have been forced to help pay the costs.
Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's media relations manager, moderated a discussion about the price that the people of Turkmenistan are having to pay for AIMAG.
From New York, Rachel Denber, the deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch, took part in the discussion. Farruh Yusupov, the director of RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, joined the talk from Prague. And, as I've been tracking the costs of these games for a while, I also had a few things to say.
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