Turkmenistan Trove

RFERL has a collection of sixteen color photos taken in Turkmenistan by a Russian photographer named Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky between 1906 and 1911. Above is a screen shot of one of them.

At Last

The wait is over. There will be no greater summer blockbuster than the blistering new release by former dentist and Arkadag (The Protector) Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Who, you ask? Why, the president of Turkmenistan, of course. In merely his 53rd book, The Spiritual World of the Turkmen People, the Protector (pondering the depth of the human soul, above) shares his “deep thoughts on the historical experience of the Turkmen people.”

Darn it, it’s not on Amazon yet. In the meantime you may wish to top up on some of the Arkadag’s considerable accomplishments.

 

Turkmenistan Bans the Word Coronavirus

Turkmenistan consistently outperforms the world in weirdness, as I’ve kept occasional track of here on CS&W. Now, according to Reporters Sans Frontières,

“people wearing face masks or talking about the coronavirus on the street, at bus stops or in lines outside shops are liable to be arrested by plainclothes police….”

President of Turkmenistan Really Lets Go

Gee, what a soulful fellow Berdymukhamedov is.

Good Clean Fun in Turkmenistan

Eurasianet reports that the government of Turkmenistan is inaugurating a new Amul-Khazar road race “that the government hopes will put the country on the international motor sports map.”

It quotes RFE/RL’s Turkmen service: “each of the country’s five regions, or viloyats, is being required to dispatch 7,000 spectators to convey the impression of a popular event.”

“‘According to the instructions, they should stand along the route of the rally and in their capacity as spectators, make a noise,” a correspondent on the ground told Radio Azatlyk.’

GurbangulyBerdimuhamedow Is Much More than Just a Random Bunch of Letters

This is Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. He is the President of Turkmenistan. He can play basketball, soccer, volleyball and ping pong.