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Anna Fergana

Originally from Turkmenistan, I now live and study abroad.

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Latest posts by Anna Fergana

7 October 2014

Central Asia's First Ladies: Heard But Not Seen?

Are the wives of Central Asia's authoritarian presidents the power behind the throne or just highly placed women subject to the same raw deal as many others in the region?

3 July 2014

Five Things You Need to Know About Turkmen Weddings

If you were thinking of choosing Turkmenistan as a wedding day destination, you should know one thing - when it comes to celebrating a marriage, Turkmen do not mess around.

6 March 2014

Attack Leaves Three Turkmen Border Guards Killed. But Who Killed Them?

A recent attack on a border patrol along the Afghan frontier left three Turkmen border guards dead. Netizens in the country argue about who attacked the border guards and why.

13 February 2014

Did Turkmenistan Get Cold Feet Before the Sochi Winter Olympics?

Warm-wintered Turkmenistan failed to send a singe athlete to this year's Winter Olympics. The only representative the republic sent to Sochi was its sport-loving president.

6 December 2013

Like Father, Like… Kyrgyz Opposition Leader's Son Gets Arrested

"Like father, like son" is the most popular theme in netizen reactions to the recent arrest of a controversial Kyrgyz politician's son on theft charges.

10 May 2013

VIDEO: Turkmenistan's Pop Music Makes Love, Not Politics

In Turkmenistan, pop musicians tread a difficult path between carving out a distinctive image for themselves and ensuring they don't fall foul of the state.

5 March 2013

Turkmenistan: With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?

People in Turkmenistan and Turkmen dissidents in exile are unhappy about the fact that criticisms of the country's political regime come from various 'foreign experts,' while Western policymakers and politicians...

16 February 2013

Lies, Damned Lies, and Turkmen Statistics

When it comes to statistics, the Turkmen government remains committed to the time-honored Soviet principles of book-cooking, data fudging and avoiding the uncomfortable truth at all costs. 'Good' statistics, such...

24 January 2013

Turkmenistan: Human Rights? What Human Rights?

In Turkmenistan, which ranks among the world's "worst of the worst" human rights abusers, the very existence of such rights is seen as 'fiction'. Some netizens blame Ashgabat's repressive regime...

29 November 2012

Ten Years after Attempt on Ex-President's Life, Rumors Linger in Turkmenistan

In November 2002, the then Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov survived an assassination attempt that was blamed on Russian-supported opposition. Ten years after the incident, in the country starved of reliable...

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