New project launched in support of fundamental rights in Central Asia

New project launched in support of fundamental rights in Central Asia As of 1 April 2014, a coalition of three Central Asian NGOs and one European NGO began implementing a new project in support of fundamental rights and freedoms in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The project, entitled…

First renovate, then demolish

First renovate, then demolish Residents of Ashgabat live in constant fear that residential buildings might be spontaneously demolished. This had happened under Niyazov’s presidency.But now demolition is becoming epidemic. Here is a recent example: in the run-up to the opening…

Initiative should be launched by the state

Initiative should be launched by the state The Russian school named after A.S. Pushkin has intended to arrange and conduct a meeting with the veterans of the war in order to honour them in the run-up to the Victory Day.  However, when officials…

Another new road sign in Turkmenistan

Another new road sign in Turkmenistan Apparently in order to maintain a gender balance in road signs, Turkmen officials have decided to feature a man’s silhouette on road signs installed at the end of last year. Now in Ashgabat streets one can…

Business with obstacles

Business with obstacles We have already reported that following the instructions of the local authorities, many sales premises located in the basement or ground floors of residential buildings had been closed down in Ashgabat. Store owners are paying countless…

Hero of Turkmenistan’s son deprived of business

Hero of Turkmenistan’s son deprived of business After attempting suicide, Gulberdy Sopyev, son of Hero of Turkmenistan and Hero of Socialist Labour Muradberdy Sopyev, has been in coma for eight months. Gulberdy Sopyev was quite a successful entrepreneur. Prosperous business attracts the attention…

Lovers are having a hard time in Ashgabat

Lovers are having a hard time in Ashgabat It is forbidden to kiss on Ashgabat streets and couples are not allowed to hug when sitting on benches or walk holding hands. Vigilant police officers are keeping a close eye on the moral image of…

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…

Under the Turkmen carpet

Under the Turkmen carpet Mass cleansing in the Public Prosecutor’s office, dismissal of the chief of the Presidential staff, dismissal of the Deputy Prime Minister, relieving the chief of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs from his post… All of…

China takes a decisive advantage in Turkmenistan

Régis Genté Xi Jinping, the new Chinese President, made an exceptionally long trip to Central Asia this month, between 3rd and 13th of September. He started his visit in Turkmenistan where he secured new energy deals……

Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean received the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean received the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Press release Today, 15 April 2014, Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean received the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Vepa Hadjiev. During the meeting, the two officials highlighted the priority the two parties grant to…

My Mistreated Ally: Tensions On The Afghan-Turkmen Border

My Mistreated Ally: Tensions On The Afghan-Turkmen Border The countdown to the drawdown of foreign forces in Afghanistan at the end of this year is on. Afghanistan’s neighbors are already seeking allies in Afghanistan to act as a buffer between them and the anticipated…

Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance

This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report, which Reporters Without Borders publishes every year on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (12 March), spotlights the government units and agencies that implement online censorship and surveillance. These entities, which…

Clashes, Appeasement, Isolation On The Turkmen-Afghan Frontier

Late on February 26, three Turkmen border guards were shot dead along the Afghan frontier. Suspicion quickly fell on the Taliban. They, or people allied to them, are known to be in the area where the…

Turkmenistan implements big gas chemical project on Caspian coast

Turkmenistan implements big gas chemical project on Caspian coast The work on an investment project involving the construction of a gas chemical complex for the production of polyethylene and polypropylene in the Kyyanly seaside settlement is being conducted in the Caspian region of Turkmenistan, the…

Afghan Taliban rejects killing Turkmenistan border guards

Afghan Taliban rejects killing Turkmenistan border guards Taliban militants group in Afghanistan rejected reports regarding the Taliban militants attack on Turkmenistan border guards. Local officials in western Badghis province of Afghanistan said Thursday that a group of Taliban militants attacked and killed three…

Turkmenistan: The Achilles Heel Of Central Asian Security

Turkmenistan: The Achilles Heel Of Central Asian Security Central Asian governments are already on heightened alert over the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. This sense of alarm is almost certain to increase in coming months. But in Turkmenistan there does not seem to…