Effective December electric power rates skyrocketed in Turkmenistan

Effective December electric power rates skyrocketed in Turkmenistan From 1 December the rates for electric power for residents have doubled in Turkmenistan. Before the start of the month, 100 Kw/h cost 1,20 manats ($0,40), and now it has gone up to 2,50 manats ($0,90).…

Christmas events launched

Christmas events launched Preparations for Christmas celebrations are underway in our country and a series of events is scheduled to take place. Embassies of European countries are getting ready to celebrate this important holiday. The first Christmas concert was…

Business of law enforcement officers

Business of law enforcement officers The almost complete lack of control over law enforcement agencies, a policy of all-permissiveness, non-transparency of power, an imperfect legislative framework and scared residents allow for select officials to abuse their positions for their own profit…

The Dashoguz authorities create meat deficit

The Dashoguz authorities create meat deficit Turkmenistan’s northern province is getting ready to host the country’s President on 24 December and in the run-up to this event the local authorities have decided to decrease beef prices. As a result they have achieved…

Five-meter Turkmen Christmas trees

Five-meter Turkmen Christmas trees Preparations for the celebration of New Year holidays are underway in urban and rural areas. Executives of many organizations and agencies have hurried to install the Christmas trees. Moreover, they did it ahead of time. For…

Breaking is not making

Breaking is not making The Turkish construction company “Nata” which ousted the Russian-based company “Vozrozhdeniye” (“Revival”) from the Turkmen market, in the past several months has ruined Mir street and pavements from the bazaar to Moscow avenue. Residents complain that…

The problems of public transport in Turkmenabat

The problems of public transport in Turkmenabat The message was sent by one of our readers. You can send your reports via a feedback form or e-mail to turkmen.initiative@gmail.com. Over the past two years Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan’s second most important city after Ashgabat, has…

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…

Taliban Takes District On Turkmen Border

The Taliban has overrun Afghanistan’s Khamyab District and is now Turkmenistan’s immediate neighbor. Turkmenistan’s border runs along the western, northwestern, and northeastern sides of Khamyab. Turkmenistan’s border guards and security forces have been building walls, digging ditches, and…

Turkmenistan Hopes to Benefit from Solar Power Industry

Since the death of the “Turkmenbashi” President Saparmurat Niyazov in 2006, Turkmenistan has entered the global energy market in a big way. First, there is of course the gas. Turkmenistan has the second-largest natural gas reserves…

Energy-Rich Turkmenistan Slashes Subsidies to Consumers

Energy-Rich Turkmenistan Slashes Subsidies to Consumers Silk Road Reporters The people of Turkmenistan are not accustomed to many freedoms, but one of them is their right to very low cost energy supplies. Whereas most other citizens of the former Soviet Union were…

Turkmenistan expanding gas export sources to Iran

Turkmenistan, one of the key players of the energy market in the resource-rich Caspian region, has recently expanding its raw material sources for gas export to neighboring Iran. The Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources…

Turkmenistan sets up first oil joint-stock company NAPECO

Work on the creation of a national oil and gas company is underway, the charter and other founding documents of the corresponding closed joint stock company (CJSC) have been prepared in Turkmenistan on the instruction of…

Turkmenistan: The Dozens of ‘Disappeared’

Turkmenistan: The Dozens of ‘Disappeared’ Human Rights Watch Dozens of people have been forcibly disappeared in Turkmenistan, some for more than a decade, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. The government of Turkmenistan should immediately inform the relatives…

Voting For The Unknown In Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan held elections for local and city councils on November 23. Not surprisingly, they did not receive much media coverage or generate much interest — after all, Turkmenistan is a country that had 51 candidates running for 50…