Turkmens buy up dollars

Turkmens buy up dollars Residents all across the country are frantically buying US dollars. Banks in Ashgabat sell dollars at the exchange rate of 3,518 manats per $1, in the provinces the rate is 3,524 manats per $1, whereas unauthorized…

A horse in Turkmenistan’s coat of arms dies

A horse in Turkmenistan’s coat of arms dies Since the start of the year representatives of local authorities have been paying visits to organizations and agencies to make sure that state symbols and portraits of the President are available and accurate. To their horror,…

New update on human rights developments in Central Asia

New update on human rights developments in Central Asia A new report issued by three Central Asian and one European NGO provides an overview of human rights developments in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in October 2014 – January 2015. The report is based on monitoring…

Laws for embellishment

Laws for embellishment by Natalya Shabunts Accompanied by exaggerated assurances of “further democratization” and “further improvement of the Constitution”, articles concerning human rights in the existing Constitution, which is not adhered to by the authorities, are being violated at…

Black cars are not for Turkmens

Black cars are not for Turkmens The import of black cars has been banned in Turkmenistan. We have been informed of three instances since mid January when Turkmen customs officers refused black cars from being imported by entrepreneurs across the border. These…

Hard times for Turkmen gas workers

Hard times for Turkmen gas workers by Byashim Serdar Departments of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and the Office of Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan are undergoing staff cuts, and the salaries of remaining employees are being decreased. This started following the…

Renewed portraits

Renewed portraits At the start of the year every agency of Turkmenistan received a sample of the portrait of the Turkmen President which must be installed in offices and on the facades of buildings. On an annual basis…

Gazprom, a new competitor to Turkmenistan in China?

Gazprom, a new competitor to Turkmenistan in China? History was made on the 21st May over the gas deal between Russia and China, and not simply because of the amount of money written into the contract: 400 Bn dollars, to deliver 38 bcm/y over…

Red lines become redder

Red lines become redder Régis Genté For Turkmenistan, the Ukrainian crisis won’t change fundamentally its relations with Russia. But Ashgabat will probably be even more careful to not anger the Russian bear Turkmenistan is not at the center of Russian…

What will 2014 be like for Turkmenistan? Four experts’ view on regional geopolitics

What will 2014 be like for Turkmenistan? Four experts’ view on regional geopolitics Régis Genté In an effort to bring new voices to give their opinion and expertise, we have asked four specialists of Central Asia to tell us what 2014could be like for Turkmenistan. Here is some verbatim.…

Is Russia Abandoning Turkmenistan?

Is Russia Abandoning Turkmenistan? We asked four well known Russian specialists on Central Asia to answer the following question: Is Russia abandoning Turkmenistan? Many observers of the region (including diplomats, experts, businessmen…) have the impression that Russia indeed will no…

Turkmenistan on the (rail) way to global integration

Turkmenistan on the (rail) way to global integration Two railways projects are under construction in Turkmenistan. They could contribute to integrate the country regionally and worldwide… if the government opens to the world The third decade of independence of the Central Asia Republics could…

TAPI, a pipe dream but…

TAPI, a pipe dream but… Régis Genté Never say never. This is what energy experts usually advise when it comes to pipeline projects. This is especially true when it comes to the former Soviet Union. Everyone remembers how for example the…

Generation “Ch”

Generation “Ch” Letter four. From the series “Letters which are unlikely to be read but need to be written” What generation is being raised in the epoch of power and happiness? What problems are the authorities creating for…

IMF Forecast for Central Asia: Gloomy with a Chance of Pain

The International Monetary Fund has revised downward its forecast for growth in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union to account for dramatically lower oil prices and the shriveling Russian economy. The region’s poorest countries can…

Ashgabat hosts Turkmen-American business forum

Turkmen-American business forum started its work on January 21 in Ashgabat, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in cooperation with U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan and Turkmen-American business council. U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard expressed…

Caspian Driller nears start-up offshore Turkmenistan

Dragon Oil has issued a progress report on developments at the Cheleken Contract Area in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea. Three rigs are currently in service. The Neptune is drilling the Dzheitune (Lam) C/198…

European Energy Security and Turkmenistan

With Russia cancelling the South Stream gas pipeline to Europe, Turkmenistan could benefit. Early last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that South Stream, a proposed gas pipeline from Russia to Europe, would be cancelled. One…

Geok-Tepe Massacre: Forgetting To Remember In Turkmenistan

January 12 is usually “Memory Day” in Turkmenistan but not this year. The Turkmen authorities announced some months back that Memory Day was being merged with another somber anniversary, which annually marks the October 6, 1948…

Turkmenistan’s climate of fear silences its people

With its spacious alleys and white marble buildings, the central part of Ashgabat feels very deserted. The only sound here comes from countless fountains. Occasionally you meet cleaning ladies who sweep and even mop the pavements…

Taliban Takes District On Turkmen Border

The Taliban has overrun Afghanistan’s Khamyab District and is now Turkmenistan’s immediate neighbor. Turkmenistan’s border runs along the western, northwestern, and northeastern sides of Khamyab. Turkmenistan’s border guards and security forces have been building walls, digging ditches, and…