Turkmenistan: the authorities give guidelines on religion

Turkmenistan: the authorities give guidelines on religion A growing number of adherents of Islamic movements, non-traditional for Turkmen, is emerging in the country. These are various religious groups popularly referred to as “Wahhabi”. According to local observers, these groups (or sects) are most…

Turkmenistan: without a roof over the head (Photo gallery)

Turkmenistan: without a roof over the head (Photo gallery) These days hundreds of families in Ashgabat and the suburbs are left homeless. Not only holiday villages “Choganly” and “Karadamak” but residential houses in the city districts “Khitrovka”, “Bedev”, “Gaja” and those located on Gagarin, Erevan…

The village of Choganly to be demolished

The village of Choganly to be demolished The society of gardeners has been dissolved and the summer cottages in the village of Choganly near Ashgabat will be dismantled. Today the inhabitants were warned about the demolition and they are removing their belongings and…

Foreign military forces help patrol the Turkmen border

Foreign military forces help patrol the Turkmen border Border patrol units from Uzbekistan and military specialists from Russia are appearing on the Turkmen-Afghan border. Turkmen military personnel are still being re-deployed to the border. On 18 March Turkmen media outlets reported a telephone conversation…

Turkmen imams call on to combat “alien religion”

Turkmen imams call on to combat “alien religion” Last week, after the Friday prayer imams addressed all believers with a short speech. The Islamic clergy called on the people who attended the prayer not to succumb and combat the penetration of “alien religion which…

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…

Mass arrests in the south of Turkmenistan

Mass arrests in the south of Turkmenistan The number of those detained in the city of Tejen is growing to reach 80. We have previously reported that some seven to nine people were detained. According to our sources, arrests took place throughout February.…

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…

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…

Gas Supply Routes Shake Up Geopolitical Game Changers – Analysis

Analysts warn Europe might face roadblocks from Moscow after official statements favoring Caspian gas were issued. Europe’s aspiration of independence from Russian supplies aims to score long-term political commitment. The Russian-favored Turkish Stream’s joining the race…

U.S. New Silk Road Initiative Needs Urgent Renewal

Despite the drawdown of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Central Asia, and a preoccupation with developments in East Asia and the Middle East, the Obama administration continues to affirm support…