Since December 1, Turkmenistan’s Central Bank and all licensed lenders stopped currency exchange operations for entrepreneurs who trade with foreign suppliers and import products from abroad.
President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, perhaps the most important racing car driver in the country, popularly known as “Schumacher”, seems to be constantly checking the population’s pulse to see how much more authorities will be able to squeeze out of the common citizens before they react.
In December, traffic police officers started warning female drivers that they would face fines. In January, according to ATN sources, traffic police have already stripped several female drivers of their license and confiscated their vehicles.
During a court testimony, one defendant said he was constantly beaten and cross-chained with handcuffs (with his left hand tied to his right ankle and his right hand tied to his left ankle) during the preliminary police interrogations.
On December 7, at noon, several men broke into the apartment of one of Turkmenistan’s most outspoken animal welfare activists Galina Kucherenko and forcibly took her and her daughter Valeriya Kucherenko away. The daughter was kept in the police and was released six hours later. Galina Kucherenko’s fate and location remained unknown until December 12.
One kilogram of frozen buffalo meat costs $2.6 to import, while the population has to pay twice that amount to buy it in the store. In addition, Staunchest’s owners have close ties to the president’s entourage and enjoy consistent benefits.
Balkanabad residents could now rest assured, it seemed, that the crime had been solved: the real killer had been arrested and the two accused could now be free. However, much to the surprise and disappointment of the locals, the two wrongly-accused young men are still in jail. Justice, after all, has not prevailed.
According to the correspondence between Turkmennebit and its creditors, the second-largest state company seems to have run out of money. Should the state company fail to extinguish its debt in the near future, the law firm will prepare the documents to file an arbitration claim.
During the cotton harvest, hands are the most important. For those who manage labor for the harvest, it doesn’t matter if those hands belong to an adult or a child.