Turkmenistan features one of Central Asias most repressive political systems, but cracks in President Saparmurat Niyazovs authoritarian façade appeared in 2002. For much of
the last decade, Niyazov had been successful in crushing all domestic challenges to his
authority. However, several high-profile defections over the past year or so stung Niyazov, and
provided a large boost to exile-engineered efforts to oust the Turkmen leader. Niyazov responded
by carrying out a series of government purges, particularly in the countrys security
apparatus. These developments lent Niyazovs regime an air of vulnerability. The failed
attempt to assassinate Niyazov on November 25 served to heighten the possibility of a political
The following country report, "Family Welfare in Turkmenistan: Trends and Indicators" can be found on UNICEF's website. Written by a government statistician, it sounds typically hollow and obtusely optimistic, but you might find it interesting. There are
country reports for all the former soviet republics...
This paper presents a picture of how the patterns of opium use have changed in Turkmenistan over more than 100 years and the relationship between these transformations and formal and informal social controls of drug use
This paper presents a picture of how the patterns of opium use have changed in Turkmenistan over more than 100 years and the relationship between these transformations and formal and informal social controls of drug use. ..
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