The largest market in Dashoguz is empty

The largest market in Dashoguz is empty «Dunja-bazaar», the largest bazaar in Turkmenistan’s northern province, is no longer in demand. The bazaar, which occupies the area of 50 hectares, was commissioned about a year ago. At present there are almost no customers. The…

No right to housing

No right to housing Three months have passed since the Shia mosque near the former Red Cross hospital was demolished. Moreover, the neighbouring houses were also knocked down. The mosque is scheduled to be built outside the city where a…

Turkmen textiles

Turkmen textiles In mid July the US Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a workshop entitled: “Enhancing the competitiveness of Turkmenistan’s textile industry”. Taking into account the situation in the Turkmen textile industry, the chosen topic is extremely…

Avaza: recreational duty

Avaza: recreational duty The occupancy of numerous hotels in the recreation area Avaza on the Turkmen shore of the Caspian Sea has been a pain in the neck for the country’s authorities for many years. In 2007-2008 it was…

Maternity home. Festivities

Maternity home. Festivities The festivities in honour of the commissioning of several new facilities are scheduled to be held in Ashgabat this week. Today the opening ceremony for a brand new maternity home located near the former Red Cross…

Schools in Turkmenistan to be painted white

Schools in Turkmenistan to be painted white Teachers from municipal schools № 4, 13, 15 have been forced to make cash contributions of 200 manats ($57), whereas 10 to 20% have been retained from June salaries at schools № 3, 7, 21. Secondary education establishments…

Human Rights Organistaions urge Turkmen government to halt its campaign to dismantle privately-owned satellite dishes

Human Rights Organistaions urge Turkmen government to halt its campaign to dismantle privately-owned satellite dishes July 14, 2015 Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission European Commission Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200 1049 Brussels Belgium…

French bet?

French bet? Régis Genté On June 16th, French National Assembly voted in a law allowing the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between European Union and Turkmenistan. French MPs say they prefer dialogue based on “incentive,…

Offshore Turkmenistan

Offshore Turkmenistan By Régis Genté For the first time, a collection of academic articles are dedicated to the importance of offshore for the Central Asia’s economics, politics and international relations. Turkmenistan isn’t the easiest country to work on……

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…

Freelance journalist held incommunicado for past three weeks

Freelance journalist held incommunicado for past three weeks Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance reporter who went missing near the western city of Turkmenbashi on 7 July. It was finally reported on 29 July that he is being held…

In Turkmenistan, Border Woes Trump Education

Ashgabat has decided to solve its manpower problem by cutting off study abroad for Turkmen students. Disturbances on the expansive, 744 kilometer Turkmen-Afghan border have been growing at an alarming rate, sparking security concerns about conflict…

Turkmenistan Looks to Turn Natural Gas into Plastics

With Japanese and Turkish investment, Ashgabat hopes to make natural gas into something else. Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Baimurad Hodzhamuhammedov led an official delegation to Tokyo, Japan last week. As to be expected, the working visit…

Turkmenistan: the health-obsessed country where nobody smokes

The former Soviet republic tops the world’s non-smoking league with fewer than one in 12 people still using tobacco The health-obsessed former Soviet republic Turkmenistan is the country with the world’s lowest proportion of smokers, the…

Turkmenistan Says Russia Hasn’t Paid for Gas in 2015

Kazakhstan’s Press Problem: Indian Prime Minister Modi is making his way around Central Asia–heavily covered by the overactive Indian press and less so by the almost nonexistent Central Asian media. The region sits at the very…

Turkmenistan leader purges cabinet for corruption, slow reform

Turkmenistan’s leader Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked several senior government officials, citing pervasive corruption and slow reforms in key sectors of the economy, state television reported on Friday. Berdymukhamedov, a 58-year-old former-dentist who became president in late…

PM Modi’s Russia, Central Asia visit to boost energy, trade ties

With focus on enhancing strategic, economic and energy ties, Modi is scheduled to travel from July 6 to 13 to five Central Asian countries and Russia where he will attend the summits of BRICS and Shanghai…