Another side of Turkmenistan

Another side of Turkmenistan

There are 26 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 30, 2008, titled Another side of Turkmenistan. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Having just returned from a 38 day overland trip through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, April 16 - May 23, I've read with interest the story about the Turkman exchange student's article in the Hanover ...

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Shivanand

Wokingham, UK

#24 Feb 28, 2011
But I hear this has now changed!
antifreek

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

#26 Jun 29, 2011
Johnny wrote:
First, you should have done some research before you go to Central Asia or before you've written your article. Non of the Central Asian countries or "Stans" are "officially" Islamic states. All of those countries are secular, but majority of population is Muslim. Second, all of those statues are former president's or "Glorious leader's", who died in 2006. And he was former communist boss; statues are not Islamic. I agree that it is mostly police state, but people are happier and live better than in West. It dependes on how you measure happiness. You can find something to criticise in all countries. You just looked at everything from capitalistic biased perspective. You are not gonna understand any culture in 1-2 months. In Turkmenistan citizens can fill their car with gasoline for free three times/ month, electricity, gas, and other utilities are free of charge. To conclude your article does not reflect the truth, you are just looking at empty side of the glass filled half with water.
Johny you smell like a totalitarian rat.
expat

Fujairah, UAE

#27 Jul 9, 2011
After several years working off shore I have the experience that the rules at some places are different.
The local authorities making their own rules and regulations. This is well known by oil companies and there is no action against this.
The worst case is that many local authorities are corrupt. At same cases if you’re not agreed they will block your visa without any change to defend yourself.
At all cases your loose the case.
As special when you refuse to pay the extreme high price of black money that they send your case to the KTB at Ashgabat.

Welcome to Turkmenistan....
Welcome to Turkmenistan ....
expat

Fujairah, UAE

#28 Jul 9, 2011
After several years working off shore I have the experience that the rules at some places are different.
The local authorities making their own rules and regulations. This is well known by oil companies and there is no action against this.
The worst case is that many local authorities are corrupt. At same cases if you’re not agreed they will block your visa without any change to defend yourself.
At all cases your the looser.
As special when you refuse to pay the extreme high price of (black) money to the local policeman they send your case to the KTB at Ashgabat.
And the KTB never loose a case.....

Welcome to Turkmenistan....& never again!!
Arivle

Karlsruhe, Germany

#29 Jul 14, 2011
I Love my country. I am proud that i am Turkmen.
knol

Washington, DC

#30 Jul 16, 2011
yoa are another stupide foreigner who sees only the things on the surface, you are protected by your passport and turkmen police and kgb is not a threat for you but the local people really suffer, but you are a humburger-fed consumerist cannot understand this.What kind of business "you still can do" - a bloody one? a corrupt one?!
An ex-pat in Turkmenistan wrote:
For the last 18 months I have lived, worked, and breathed Turkmenistan. I run an office in the capital city and travel to various areas of this country regularly. The wonderful thing about Turkmenistan is that people coming here for a short time have an extremely biased, political opinion and have no real opportunity to experience the culture, the people and the feeling that makes this place what it is. When I arrived and for the first three weeks, I am sure I would have been tempted to post a similar thread to that featured here. However, once you start to scratch the surface you realise there is an awful lot more to this place. Yes it has survived under a previously very oppressive regime, yes there is much that can be done to apparently 'improve' the way of life here, but to echo the comments posted by Johnny - do some research and rather than criticise the country in its entirety, post your thread in the context of your experience: a short-term tourist. The political situation is changing, doing business here is at times slow and frustrating, but still possible. Many large, global Oil & Gas companies operate here and the amount of construction taking place is slowly turning Ashgabat in particular into a mini-Dubai!! Yes it is a difficult country to get into, and sometimes even out of, but the people and their culture here are nothing short of inspiring. I have 20 Turkmen people working for me who, in my opinion, are more reliable, professional, courteous and trustworthy than many English/American/European colleagues I have had the displeasure of encountering in my career! I enjoy travelling back home to the UK to see my relatives and friends, but I still enjoy just as much (if not more) travelling back to Ashgabat. For me it is a second home and an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. Don't knock it so hard, times are changing and one should never judge or compare a country like Turkmenistan to their own capitalist environment. With soaring fuel prices, income tax at an all time high, pensions crises, health service decaying, is my home country better than this?? In my opinion, no. The key to enjoying Turkmenistan? Accept it for what it is, try and understand it more, but most of all appreciate the beauty that can be found in the people, the culture, and many parts of the country. And there's no McDonalds :-) Brilliant. The day that arrives here, I'm bugging out!!

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