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Independence Park

We had our farewell to Turkmenistan dinner at the top of this monstrously ugly shopping centre complex complete with cascading fountain/water feature and mandatory gold bust of Turkmenbashi.
Wacky Dictators

October 14th 2007
The 11th October started out like any other day, except we were leaving Uzbekistan and crossing into Turkmenistan. Things seemed a bit dire when I told everyone to make sure they had their Uzbekistan Customs Declaration forms ready to present at the border, and found out that 2 people didn't even have a form (both copies were mistakenly taken off them at Tashkent Airport). There was nothing we cou ... read more
Asia » Turkmenistan » The Silk Road of Asia

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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