Turkmenistan: President Berdymukhamedow’s new-found realpolitik born out of political expediency

For someone of such a narcissistic persuasion it is indeed unusual to witness what appears to be an exercise in pragmatic genuflection towards Russia by Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedow. Operating perhaps the most closed, repressive regime outside of North Korea, Berdymukhamedow is not in the habit of dishing out public expressions of admiration or sympathy…

Turkmenistan’s Hall of Mirrors image to be showcased at Dubai Expo 2020

While Turkmenistan continues to stagnate President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedow's policy of presenting a very different image to an increasingly sceptical world shows little sign of slowing. The reality of citizens queuing for basic foodstuffs, normally in areas away from the prying eyes of the few cameras and curious foreigners who get into the country hardly tallies…