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... that's a red rag to a bull for me so I tell them I don't understand and only speak English and keep walking. Though once a senior officer was called to reinforce the 'advice'
The odd thing is. Serdar, whose views I accept and respect about a lot of things (like too many policemen) thinks it is all great and there is no problem with the president being re-elected with over 90% of the vote! Oh - and the first president banned Opera and Ballet (what - men without trousers!)
... by the way, not the year). For those of you unfamiliar with the modern history of Turkmenistan, one name epitomises it- Sapurmurat Niyazov, aka Beyik Turkmenbashi (literally Great Leader, Father of All Turkmen), President for Life (d. 2006). Outside of North Korea, this is the only extant state where one can view a full-blown personality cult. It is impossible to confine the outlandish narcissism, the gargantuan megalomania, and the whimsically ...
... Government of Turkmenistan. Some tourists come here specifically to ride these special horses.
*Inevitably our arrival at the border coincides with lunch hour at 1 p.m. There will be no border crossings for at least an hour. Imagine Dover Immigration closing for lunch. Our guide redeems himself slightly and persuades a kindly officer to process us immediately.They insist on checking the same car that had been thoroughly searched just two ...
... discount of 50% for 30 years. They also have free emergency health care which coexists with a health insurance scheme. His wife was unemployed last year and as such was entitled to pay a much reduced insurance contribution. His 3 year old daughter attends a heavily subsidised kindergarten.
*Times were tough for Turkmenistan prior to and in the aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The country lost a significant number of its well ...
... time some Turkmenistan citizens. At a border crossing it is unwise to photograph. So we have no photos to document.
*At last we are on our way and we drive the 35 km down into Ashgabat City. We are unprepared for what we see. Lonely Planet sums it up well by writing: 'its modern incarnation is somewhere between Las Vegas & Pyongyang with a mixture of Bellagio fountains and Stalinist parade grounds'.
*Former President Niyazov ( he died of a heart attack ...