A high school diploma or draft notice

A high school diploma or draft notice According to a circular letter which was issued by the Ministry of Education at the end of last week, high school diplomas are scheduled to be awarded ahead of schedule to ensure the Defense Ministry will…

Kiselyov versus Arkadag. Why are satellite aerials dismantled?

Kiselyov versus Arkadag. Why are satellite aerials dismantled? Yesterday I was about to start writing a post about possible upcoming demolitions of satellite aerials but Fergananews already reported it earlier today. Well, first come first served. CivicSolidarity believes that new requirements are linked to the…

With cards in hand but cash-strapped

With cards in hand but cash-strapped Dear editorial board, We kindly ask you to publish our letter. The problem is we have been unable to get the money we earn since debit cards were distributed to us. Our salaries are transferred to…

Compulsory subscription to Turkmen periodicals

Compulsory subscription to Turkmen periodicals Subscription to newspapers and magazines for the next six months is underway in Turkmenistan. As usual, executives of organizations and agencies retain a certain amount from staff salaries which is spent on subscriptions to national periodicals.…

Russian general asks the Turkmen President to release his comrade

Our editorial board has received a copy of the letter addressed to the President of Turkmenistan with a request to release Serdar Rakhimov, who was sentenced to a 25 year imprisonment term in 2003. ** To…

Turkmen delegation participates in the OSCE session

Turkmen delegation participates in the OSCE session On 16 and 17 April a Supplementary Human Dimension Session was held in Vienna. For the first time in years the desk of the official Turkmen delegation was not vacant in the Hofburg Palace, possibly due…

Mobile telephones are not for Turkmen schoolchildren

Mobile telephones are not for Turkmen schoolchildren Recently a video has been posted on the internet (see below) where female students from one of the Turkmen schools pretend to be shooting a music video for fun. It appears that the information about the…

Turkmen officials invent morals…

Turkmen officials invent morals… by Farid Tukhbatullin Deputy khyakim of Dashoguz velayat Gurbangul Ataeva has called off her requirement obligating schoolgirls to weave “alaja” – multi-coloured thread plaitings – woven into girls’ braids, which, according to a popular belief protects…

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…

Dragon Oil Increases Turkmenistan Oil Production

Dragon Oil Plc produced 23% more oil in Turkmenistan in first-quarter 2015 than in first-quarter 2014, the company said April 21.  The first quarter ended March 31. Average gross production in the Cheleken contract area was…

The European Union, The Southern Corridor, And Turkmen Gas

The European Union is more active lately in searching for new sources of natural gas, motivated in no small part by its rocky relations with Russia over the Kremlin’s involvement in Ukraine. The EU’s Southern Gas…

Turkmenistan faces unprecedented challenges in 2015

Like most former Soviet republics, Turkmenistan has seen a significant devaluation of its currency and is facing growing economic pressures. Here below is an article recently published by Stratfor (https://www.stratfor.com) which analyzes unprecedented economic and security…

Troops From Uzbekistan And Russia Deployed To Turkmenistan-Afghanistan Border

Troops from Russia and Uzbekistan are helping Turkmenistan guard its border against militant incursions from Afghanistan, an Turkmenistani exile website reports, citing residents of border areas. According to the report on Chronicles of Turkmenistan, “residents of…

EU wants to revive gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan

The European Union is seeking to revive a gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Europe and involve European energy companies, an EU diplomat in Turkmenistan said. The Crimea crisis has added urgency to the EU’s search…

Turkmenistan’s Islam: Between Religion and State

When news of the Charlie Hebdo shootings filtered through Turkmenistan’s incredibly tightly controlled Internet, the main responses of citizens in the post-Soviet Central Asian state were surprise and befuddlement. Cut off from the world by their government,…

Militant Melting Pot: Extremists Flourish South Of Turkmenistan

RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, has been reporting for many months about the deteriorating situation in northern Afghanistan, just across the border from Turkmenistan. RFE/RL’s Gandhara website has also been reporting about the increasingly…