Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator

The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.

A pharmacy in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on April 8. Isolated Turkmenistan is one of only a handful of countries to have reported no coronavirus cases, but experts are highly skeptical.

Turkmenistan’s Secretive Strongman Remains in Denial About the Pandemic

Berdimuhamedov and other tyrants are jeopardizing efforts to defeat the coronavirus, activists say.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presents a Alabai shepherd dog to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 11, 2017.

Weekend at Berdi’s

The president of Turkmenistan is probably alive. But as with so much else in the country, it’s hard to tell.

Turkmen service members take part in a military parade in central Ashgabat on Sept. 27, 2018, on the 27th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence.

The World’s Worst Country for Journalists

Turkmenistan is so repressive it is even worse than in Soviet times, says editor Ruslan Myatiev.

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Sports-Obsessed Turkmen President: Athletes Betrayed the Motherland by Not Winning at Olympics

The president of Turkmenistan is furious his athletes didn't bring home any Olympic medals.

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A Perfect Storm in Central Asia

For years, the five ex-Soviet republics have enjoyed surprising stability. But Russia’s economic crisis is shaking their foundations.


Turkmen President Says ‘Neigh’ to Horse Name Changes

The president of Turkmenistan has made some strange adjustments to the country's horse laws.

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Watch the President of Turkmenistan Play 4 Sports in 34 Seconds

Turkmen state television released a video of the president of Turkmenistan playing four sports in 34 seconds.

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