Пробное открытие Туркменистана

АШГАБАТ – Туркменистан – страна, богатая месторождениями природного газа и занимающая стратегическое положение на границах с Ираном и Афганистаном, возможно, находится на грани трансформирования. Посредством реформирования своей образовательной системы и предоставления своим гражданам доступа к глобальным источникам информации страна может занять лидирующее положение по переменам на постсоветском центрально-азиатском пространстве, показывая пример открытости другим закрытым обществам, включая Северную Корею.

Президент Туркменистана, Гурбангулы Бердымухаммедов, неоднократно публично заявлял о своих реформистских намерениях. Мир должен приветствовать такую возможность и поддержать его усилия.

На протяжении 15 лет в Туркменистане поддерживался культ личности предыдущего президента Сапармурата Ниязова, который называл себя Туркменбаши («отец туркмен»). Ниязов разрушил систему здравоохранения страны и не уделял никакого внимания свойственной данному региону проблеме бедности, в то время как на превращение столицы, Ашгабата, в чудо из белого мрамора и золота наподобие Лас-Вегаса тратились миллиарды.

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