Saturday 1 December 2007
November 27, 2007
Political Prisoners Next Test For New President
Ashgabat's abysmal image has improved a bit under President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. But will he continue with a reform agenda? How he handles the fifth anniversary of the start of one of his predecessor's worst crackdowns might provide a clue.
November 22, 2007
Turkmenistan Returns To The Stage In Hosting CIS Summit
November 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The CIS is coming to Turkmenistan, but is Turkmenistan coming back to the CIS? That is one of the big questions as the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, hosts a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States for the first time in nearly 15 years.
November 14, 2007
Western Oil Officials Converge On Turkmenistan
November 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Western government officials and executives from international oil majors today joined the race for access to Turkmenistan's natural-gas resources -- thought to be among the world's largest -- as a two-day annual oil and gas conference opened in Ashgabat.
November 11, 2007
UN Refugee Chief Visits Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Antonio Guterres (file) (epa) November 11, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has arrived in Kyrgyzstan on his first visit to Central Asia since he started as the head of the UN's refugee agency in 2005.
November 05, 2007
EU Welcomes New Turkmen Leader For Talks On Energy, Human Rights
BRUSSELS, November 5, 2007 (RFE/RL) – Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov is a man with whom the European Union very much hopes to do business. His administration commands access to exceptionally large natural-gas reserves -- even if their true extent remains unclear.
October 27, 2007
Turkmenistan Marks First Independence Day Without 'Turkmenbashi'
October 27, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmenistan marks Independence Day today, the country's first without the late President Saparmurat Niyazov, or "Turkmenbashi," who died in December 2006. RFE/RL looks at what has changed and what remains the same as Turkmenistan marks 16 years of independence.
October 18, 2007
Pressing Cautiously Forward On Foreign Investment
Turkmenistan's new president recently signed measures to spell out investor safeguards, and has vowed to speed up economic reforms. Observers say there are clear signs that he wants to open up his country to Western investors -- albeit cautiously.
October 16, 2007
Media Watchdog Paints Grim Picture Of CIS Press Freedoms
The report found that journalists in Russia -- like Anna Politkovskaya, murdered in October 2006 -- continue to be targets of violence (Courtesy Photo) October 16, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- In its annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has again given the countries of the former Soviet Union a poor report card.