Avaza: Concept crisis

Avaza: Concept crisis The Civil Democratic Union of Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan’s Independent Lawyers Association have prepared a joint report: “International recreational resort Avaza: the concept crisis”. We would like to bring it to your attention. The International recreational resort…

Public transport fare has gone up in Ashgabat

Public transport fare has gone up in Ashgabat Starting from 1 October a monthly bus travel card will cost 20 manats ($7). Taken into account that before it cost 8 manats, the price has increased 2,5 times. The price for a single trip ticket…

Meeting in Warsaw

Meeting in Warsaw The annual meeting on democratic institutions and human rights, which brings together official delegations from the OSCE participating states, civil society activists and journalists, is currently underway in Warsaw. As in previous years, the official delegation…

Cruel-hearted healthcare

Cruel-hearted healthcare Several days ago I encountered an old acquaintance of mine who said: “Please help my female neighbour. She is seriously sick but we cannot get any help from doctors”. After listening to her story to the…

Turkmenistani residents without passports

Turkmenistani residents without passports For over 20 years, thousands of people in Turkmenistan have failed to obtain passports and become fully legitimate citizens of their own home country. Primarily these are representatives of national minorities, residing in Lebap and Dashoguz…

Statement of human rights NGOs

Statement of human rights NGOs 2014 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Working sessions 2 and 3, Tuesday 23 September: Fundamental freedoms 1 (on issues of freedom of association, the role of civil society in the protection of human rights and freedom…

Wish he arrived sooner

Wish he arrived sooner For over a month the executives of the Dashoguz velayat have been working in an emergency mode not because the cotton harvesting campaign was launched but in order to organize a proper red carpet welcome for…

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…

Arbitration Reveals How Turkmenistan Plays Chicken with Investors

A German national’s successful lawsuit against Turkmenistan’s government after Ashgabat expropriated his poultry farm offers insight into some of the unusual tricks the isolated Central Asian country can hatch on investors. The Washington D.C.-based International Center…

TAPI gas pipeline: top US firms drop out of race

Top US energy companies – Chevron and ExxonMobil – have dropped out of the race to become a consortium leader in financing the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline following dismissal of their demand…

A New U.S. Human Rights Policy Towards Turkmenistan

Recently, the State Department announced a potentially significant change in U.S. policy towards Turkmenistan when it was designated a “country of particular concern” (CPC) for particularly severe violations of religious freedom. The move came as a…

Turkmen-Afghans confront Taliban on their own

Ethnic Turkmens in Afghanistan continue to battle Taliban units that have made an unwelcome appearance near the Afghan-Turkmen border. On the night of August 25-26, a three-hour gun battle ended with an anti-Taliban militia forcing the…

Questions about SA rifle sale to Turkmenistan

Cape Town – The DA wants an explanation for why South Africa sold 50 sniper rifles to Turkmenistan, a country widely criticised internationally for its human rights abuses. “I will ask National Conventional Arms Control Committee…

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat (the official version)

Press conference of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in Ashgabat (the official version) 8 September 2014 State Department Press Releases And Documents Daniel Rosenblum Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ashgabat, Turkmenistan September 5, 2014 ________________________________ U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador Laura E. Kennedy: Well,…

Turkmenistan aims to develop long-term partnership ties with Azerbaijan

Turkmenistan is committed to develop long-term partnership ties with Azerbaijan on an equal and mutually beneficial basis in the best traditions of centuries-old friendship and good-neighborliness, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said. President Berdimuhamedov made the remarks…