Concerns of Ashgabat authorities

Concerns of Ashgabat authorities The Ashgabat khyakim have enough human and technical resources to dismantle air conditioners and satellite aerials, to pull out shade trees and shrubs, and exterminate dogs and cats. However, uninterrupted electric power and water supply is…

Turkmen-style farewell bell

Turkmen-style farewell bell On May 25 school graduates celebrate their Farewell bell ceremony. However, outside school, events such as parties, get-togethers and other celebrations are not on the agenda. At least school principals insist on that. In the run-up…

Turkmenistan’s population is preparing a gift to the President

Turkmenistan’s population is preparing a gift to the President “We, the entire country, have voluntarily decided to donate funds to eternalize the memory of good deeds and daily self-sacrificing labour for the benefit of the nation!”— according to our sources, this is how the collection…

An analysis of the situation and forecast sent by a group of our readers

An analysis of the situation and forecast sent by a group of our readers It was hard to overlook the trend which you mentioned in the article about Kiselyov. However, we believe that this tendency should not be interpreted intimidating the Turkmen authorities, since Russia realizes perfectly well that dual…

“Arkadag“ monument and other important construction sites

“Arkadag“ monument and other important construction sites The monument to Arkadag is scheduled to be erected in the run-up to City Day, celebrated in Ashgabat on 25 May. Construction workers are currently finalizing the pedestal and the arch. The bronze statue is almost…

Flower exhibitions in Ashgabat (Photogallery)

Flower exhibitions in Ashgabat (Photogallery) Curiously enough, the most luxurious annual holidays are held in honour of flowers. This year two magnificent exhibitions have been held. One of them, hosted by Fine Arts Museum, was organized by Central Council of Turkmenistan’s…

Lack of funding for construction projects in Turkmenistan

Lack of funding for construction projects in Turkmenistan Last week staff meetings were held in selected organizations of the public sector in Ashgabat. Referring to the need to complete as soon as possible construction-in-progress for the upcoming Asian Games-2017, which is of “global significance!”,…

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…

Turkmen gas: smells good enough to attract heavy investors

Turkmenistan’s gas fields may become very popular among foreign investors in the near future. Recently, amid the tensions in relations with Russia, which is the main Recently, the EU has significantly intensified the negotiations on gas…

Even for Favored Turks, Turkmenistan a Risky Investment

Entrepreneurs from Turkey have enjoyed success in Turkmenistan, a market known mostly for natural gas rents and megalomaniacal vanity projects. But for all of their past business achievements, a growing number of Turkish investors are experiencing trouble in…

Turkmenistan guarantees long-term supplies via TAPI

Turkmenistan International Gas Congress paid special attention to the discussions on the attitudes and constructive proposals on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project. The gas congress was held in Avaza, Turkmenistan. The report by Pakistan’s State Minister for Petroleum…

Pakistan President Ends Central Asia Energy Tour

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rounded off an energy-themed jaunt across Central Asia on May 22 in Bishkek, where he spoke about electricity exports to his energy-starved nation two days after visiting Turkmenistan to discuss a…

Turkmenistan Pardons 1200 Prisoners for Constitution Day

Over the weekend, Turkmenistan granted amnesty to more than 1,200 prisoners. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov reportedly said that the mass pardon was “guided by the traditions of charity and humanity that belonged to our ancestors.” According to…

Turkmenistan: Growing Crackdown on Information Access

Turkmen authorities have expanded their campaign to remove private satellite dishes from private homes in residential areas even where the satellites are not readily visible, Human Rights Watch said today. In March 2015, authorities began forcing…

IAEA membership not violates Turkmenistan’s neutrality, expert says

By Aynur Karimova As Turkmenistan’s initiative on the IAEA membership is becoming a reality, experts have looked into the evolving concept of relations between powers within the region and the broader global community. Joining the UN…