Turkmenistan: a permanently neutral country


The U.N. has accorded the former Soviet republic in Central Asia a status that no other country in the world has been given. Turkmenistan, a key European energy supplier, is, however, a State that systematically violates human rights and is raising its young people to follow a cult of extreme nationalism. Press censorship, the leader’s cult of personality and an essentially Soviet approach to managing the economy worsen a scenario that is worrying in any case.

The U.N. has accorded the former Soviet republic in Central Asia a status that no other country in the world has been given. Turkmenistan, a key European energy supplier, is, however, a State that systematically violates human rights and is raising its young people to follow a cult of extreme nationalism. Press censorship, the leader’s cult of personality and an essentially Soviet approach to managing the economy worsen a scenario that is worrying in any case.

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