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Ashgabat - an illusion in the desert  
   

Ashgabat - an illusion in the desert

viewed from the lift in the mountains
Turkmenistan - An illusion in the desert

June 24th 2007
After 6 weeks in Iran I headed for the Iranian/Turkmen boarder at Bajgiran/Gaudan, prepared for a totally new experience in the state of Turkmenbashy. But it turned out that my imagination was far too little for the reality in his realm. Neverthelsee, my first impression at the boarder wasn't that good, as I ran into a relict of the Soviet Union, the customs...time stealing and unnecessary in it ... read more
Asia » Turkmenistan

Turkmen Flag Annexed by Russia between 1865 and 1885, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic in 1924. It achieved its independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. President NIYAZOV retains absolute control over the country and opposition is not tolerated... ... read more
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