Female official fights for educational ethics by using swear words

Female official fights for educational ethics  by using swear words In the run-up to the visit of a high-ranking commission from the Education Ministry, deputy khyakim of Dashoguz velayat Gurbangul Ataeva decided to carry out a first-hand inspection of the province’s educational establishments. She used swear…

Has the length of military service in the Turkmen army been extended?

Has the length of military service in the Turkmen army been extended? On 18 September last year the president of Turkmenistan signed a decree on the military discharge of armed forces personnel doing compulsory military service and a new draft of Turkmenistani citizens to the army. However, those…

Remove everything! Ashgabat to host Asian Games

Remove everything! Ashgabat to host Asian Games Last weekend municipal public utilities services and employees of house administrations worked in an emergency mode: they caught dogs and cats, cut down trees and bushes, removed aerials and air conditioners, dismantled sheds from houses, stores…

Turkmen president pardons 29 women

Turkmen president pardons 29 women In honour of the Day of National Flag celebrated on 19 February, the President of Turkmenistan has issued a decree to pardon convicts. Neither the total number of those pardoned, nor their names were reported by…

Turkmen authorities use all reserves to increase the army headcount

Turkmen authorities use all reserves to increase the army headcount After amendments to the law “On military conscription and military service” were made in November last year, reserve officer training departments were closed down in the majority of higher educational establishments in Turkmenistan. Reserve officer training…

Traffic jams in Ashgabat

Traffic jams in Ashgabat On 18 February many Ashgabat residents failed to get to work on time and children were late for school. The city streets have been broken and bumpy after raining, which lasted for several days. All streets…

Turkmen officials to be weighed

Turkmen officials to be weighed Executives of organizations and agencies demand that their overweight employees keep out of sight of their higher-ranking bosses. During general meetings such employees are either denied access to the meeting room, or are hiding in the…

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…

Sino-Russian ‘Division of Labor’: Keeping Central Asia Stable?

Every Central Asian state is concerned with the Ukraine crisis, as it affects their economies due to influence of Russia, starting from remittances decline to effects of weak rouble to local producers. Anxieties over possible second…

TAPI pipeline project: France’s Total likely to become consortium leader for financing

A meeting of four countries scheduled to be held today is likely to make French energy giant Total as the consortium leader for financing of a multi-billion-dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. “Officials and…

Has China Made Its First Big Military Sale In Central Asia?

China has reportedly provided both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with sophisticated air defense systems, which would represent the largest Chinese military equipment deal thus far in Central Asia. Reportedly, China has provided one battalion each to Turkmenistan…

The Lure Of Islamic State For Central Asians

The Islamic State (IS) militant group poses a challenge in areas far from Syria and Iraq. Dozens of governments around the world are pondering the IS threat not only to the Middle East but also to…

Turkmenistan to take anti-crisis measures

Due to falling prices of oil and natural gas in the international market, Turkmenistan was also forced to take certain measures by slightly raising the prices for certain types of goods and services and slightly lowering…

ISIL raises flag on Turkmen-Afghan border

Turkmen authorities are carefully monitoring the development of the situation on the border and trying to prevent escalation, analysts say. Units of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) reportedly have begun massing on…

Ombudsman in Turkmenistan to fight bureaucratic misbehaviour

Many Turkmens are welcoming President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s recent plan to introduce the institution of ombudsman. Berdymukhamedov proposed the new post January 15 at a meeting with members of parliament. “This [new position] will open a new…