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COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report
July 29, 2020

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report

By Catherine Putz
The hottest air is coming from the Turkmen government, paranoid about admitting COVID-19 is in the country.

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan
July 09, 2020

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
An adviser to the Turkmen president and a Turkish diplomat have reportedly died from pneumonia this week.
Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 
July 07, 2020

Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 

By Catherine Putz
But what will the WHO find? The WHO has been unwilling to criticize countries about their pandemic responses, but has been quick to praise them. 

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora
June 19, 2020

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora

By Grady Vaughan
Turkmen at home and abroad rarely protest, but botched responses to natural disasters and the pandemic have led to a surge of activism.

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?
June 16, 2020

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s denial of the virus’ presence in the country has inevitably cost lives. Not naming it doesn’t make it go away.

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View
April 30, 2020

Report Claims Turkmenistan Is Shuffling the Quarantined out of View

By Catherine Putz
If Ashgabat simply moves the sick away from designated quarantine zones, will it fool the WHO?
Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely
April 08, 2020

Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely

By Catherine Putz
This year the celebrations were different, though how different depends on your source.

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 
April 01, 2020

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 

By Catherine Putz
Not quite. But Ashgabat is certainly denying the reality of the COVID-19 threat.

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister
February 13, 2020

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister

By Catherine Putz
Given Serdar’s trajectory, it’s hard not to believe he’s heading for the presidency once day.
Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City
February 05, 2020

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan plans to to build a $1.5-billion city amid spending cuts.

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