Akhal-Teke Horses ridden to death

Akhal-Teke Horses ridden to death After a 60-kilometer horse marathon held on 22 April in Gyokdere, near Ashgabat, eight horses (according to other sources – ten) who participated in this contest, have died. The Turkmen News Agency (TDH) gave the following…

Turkmen Romeo and Juliet

Turkmen Romeo and Juliet On 25 April a young couple, who were in love, committed suicide near Dashoguz. Holding hands they jumped out of the bridge to the Shavat canal. The girl’s body was found floating the next day while…

How Kerimguly Berdymukhammedov’s rivals were selected

How Kerimguly Berdymukhammedov’s rivals were selected On 25 April a grandson of the Turkmen President won a horse race between young riders in the Ashgabat equestrian centre. This “victory” was planned in January. In late January contenders in the aforementioned race were…

The Exodus. Russians flee Turkmenistan

The Exodus. Russians flee Turkmenistan Real estate value is plummeting in Ashgabat. The property which before was offered for sale at $150000 is now sold at $110000. The owners of apartments, which are falling in price, hold dual Russian and Turkmen…

To Mr. Maros Sefcovic

To Mr. Maros Sefcovic To the attention of Mr. Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President, EU Commissioner for Energy Union, Dear Commissioner, We are writing to you on behalf of Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR, based in exile in Vienna) and International…

Commission: Line is an evil damaging moral values of the Turkmen youth!

Commission: Line is an evil damaging moral values of the Turkmen youth! A commission made up of 14 people, including representatives of the Dashoguz velayat khyakimlik’s office (regional administration), police, public prosecutor’s office, the Union of Veterans, Women’s Union and the clergy is fighting for public morals. For…

News in brief

News in brief Actsofpardon According to our sources, last week representatives of the Interior and Justice Ministries paid visits to several penitentiary facilities and familiarized themselves with cases of convicts who have been serving prison sentences of 10 years…

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…

OSCE trains Turkmenistan law enforcement officers in countering transnational threats

Seventeen law enforcement officials from Turkmenistan participated in an OSCE-organized training course on examination and detection at borders that concluded today in Turkmenabat, a city in the east of Turkmenistan. The five-day practical course brought together…

Exclusive – European Union sees supplies of natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019

The European Union, keen to lessen its dependence on Russia for energy supplies, expects to start receiving natural gas from Turkmenistan by 2019, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in an interview. Russia currently supplies…

Dragon Oil Increases Turkmenistan Oil Production

Dragon Oil Plc produced 23% more oil in Turkmenistan in first-quarter 2015 than in first-quarter 2014, the company said April 21.  The first quarter ended March 31. Average gross production in the Cheleken contract area was…

The European Union, The Southern Corridor, And Turkmen Gas

The European Union is more active lately in searching for new sources of natural gas, motivated in no small part by its rocky relations with Russia over the Kremlin’s involvement in Ukraine. The EU’s Southern Gas…

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…