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Just one of the many golden statues of Turkmenbashi  
   

Just one of the many golden statues of Turkmenbashi

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - Land of Gold and Weirdness!

April 13th 2011
Turkmenistan was the strangest country I'd ever visited. Described by some as a cross between Las Vegas and Pyongyang, Ashgabat, its capital, was all I expected it to be and more, easily making it into my top five cities visited. I especially adored the gold statues of Turkmenbashi - the ex-president - and I loved the lurking policemen who made me feel like a spy whenever I got my camera out. ... read more
Asia » Turkmenistan » Ashgabat

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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