On August 13, 2015 the locomotives were finally delivered to the Farab station. One year later, in September 2016, Nepes Byashimov, Turkmengaz’s deputy chairman, assured the partners that the payment for the shipment would be executed “in the near future,” yet the outstanding debt of $2,451,000 remains unpaid at the time of writing.
With the new regulations, a worker can only transfer up to 30% of his salary to the international card. Previously, the limit was set at 70% of the salary and subsequently lowered to 50%. Now, the limit was decreased again.
The Ovadan-Depe facility has separate cells for inmates with infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis. However, inmates with tuberculosis sometimes prefer to be around healthy inmates. To them, the prison’s medical unit occasionally gives Rifampicin and Streptomycin antibiotics, but this only makes the disease drug resistant.
The Turkmen customs service imposes an excise duty of 1.75 manats ($0.5) on each pack of imported cigarettes. Therefore, after customs clearance, the cost of a pack of cigarettes is 2.25 manats ($0.64).
Matalaev was arrested in the night of October 4, 2016, two days after his report on state-orchestrated forced labor of children and adults in Turkmenistan’s cotton harvest, accompanied by extensive photographic evidence, was posted on ATN’s website.
In November the Turkmen court sentenced him to three years in prison on false “fraud” charges. The real reason behind his imprisonment is Matalaev’s involvement in the forced labor monitoring in Turkmenistan during cotton harvesting. Matalaev confessed to fraud under torture with electric shocks.
Based on these decrees, State Tourism Committee Chairman Cholukov urges companies to help “create a funding source for the AIMAG-2017 Executive Committee Fund from voluntary donations of your enterprises.”
Tyrmyev’s colleagues in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) also respected him. In the pictures received by ATN, Tyrmyev is photographed together with such people as Vladimir Putin who was the FSB chief at the time, Rustam Inoyatov, head of the Uzbek special service from 1995 to date, Nurtay Abykayev who headed the NSC in Kazakhstan.
Ms. Kucherenko has no doubts that it is the secret police that is behind the hack. She is one of the few local Turkmen activists, who has openly fought against mass extermination of animals in Ashgabat for several years.