Contract soldiers are reluctant to serve on the Turkmen-Afghan border

Contract soldiers are reluctant to serve on the Turkmen-Afghan border Since February 2014 contract soldiers are invited to join the Turkmen army. Generally speaking, they are young people not older than 28, who have done compulsory military service and have secondary vocational education. They serve as…

Turkmen customs destroy New Year merchandise

Turkmen customs destroy New Year merchandise Last week customs officers stopped several containers with merchandise belonging to several entrepreneurs who own retail stores at “Altyn Asyr gundogar bazary” (a new Ashgabat bazaar). There were carnival masks, wigs, costumes and other merchandise in…

Another conflict with public utilities employees

Another conflict with public utilities employees On 28 October inhabitants of the houses located at the intersection of Tashkentskaya and Engels streets in Ashgabat ousted five female employees from the public utilities services and their boss after a row. The public utilities…

One of the first political prisoners in Turkmenistan dies

One of the first political prisoners in Turkmenistan dies On 12 November Mukhamedkuli Aimuradov’s funeral was held in Ashgabat. He was 68 years old and spent 15 years in prison. In October 1994 Mukhamedkuli Aimuradov and Khoshali Garaev were detained by the Uzbek special services…

The pursuit of lone apartment owners continues

The pursuit of lone apartment owners continues Abay Tyndybaev, a resident of the capital, who tried to privatize his apartment, has been arrested in Ashgabat. After finding out that privatization of a residential space is now permitted, he went to the house administration…

Erdogan’s visit forces Ashgabat residents to dismantle satellite aerials

Erdogan’s visit forces Ashgabat residents to dismantle satellite aerials One of our readers reports that satellite aerials have been dismantled from residential houses located near the Turkish mosque in Ashgabat. The reason is the forthcoming official visit to the mosque by the President of Turkmenistan…

Pre-holiday bans

Pre-holiday bans On 25 October, in the run-up to the celebrations of the country’s Independence Day, without explaining the reasons, almost all privately-owned shops were told to close. This was done when pre-holiday trade was very lively. Police…

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…

Who will build Trans-Caspian gas pipeline?

The issue of the need to diversify the sources and routes of gas supplies to Europe is very relevant and on everyone’s lips in recent years. However, making ideas become real is important, and in this…

Russian crisis affects Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan least of all – Moody’s

The deterioration of the economic situation in Russa has affected Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan among the CIS countries the least. Moody’s Investors Service analyst Maria Malyukova made the remarks Nov.14 during the VII Baku International Banking…

Turkmenistan’s Reforms: Genuine or Just Window-Dressing?

Constitutional reforms launched by the Turkmen authorities are a pretence designed to show the government is responsive to Western demands on human rights, and are not a genuine attempt to promote democratic freedoms. The state media…

Putin’s Latest Nightmare — Great Game 2.0 in Central Asia

Putin’s Latest Nightmare — Great Game 2.0 in Central Asia Gangupon To the vast majority of Western policymakers and laypeople alike, Central Asia is an eternal enigma and a region characterized by a litany of contradictions. It is almost irreconcilable how immense energy wealth juxtaposes so…

Turkey, Turkmenistan ties to flourish: Turkish President

Turkey, Turkmenistan ties to flourish: Turkish President Turkish President Erdogan and Turkmen counterpart started bilateral talks… The already-close ties between Turkey and Turkmenistan will continue to flourish, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Speaking to the press before starting face-to-face talks with his Turkmen…

Turkey, Turkmenistan keen on expansion of trade ties

Turkey, Turkmenistan keen on expansion of trade ties Daily Times Turkey and Turkmenistan hope to boost their trade and business ties with a special focus on tapping the latter’s rich natural gas resources that will eventually make its way to Europe via Turkey. The…

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to visit Turkmenistan

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter plans to visit Turkmenistan in late November 2014, a message from the government of Turkmenistan said on Oct.30. The issues related to preparations for the visit were discussed during a meeting with…