After Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost came through intact, Saparmurat Niazov became a president solely interested in his own personal glorification. The towns in Turkmenistan were re-named, Niazov’s face stamped onto bank notes and the free press shut down. It was not long before the internet cafes closed down and a public holiday celebrating tapestry and melon was introduced. Even after death Niazov’s legacy visibly pervades Turkmenian public life. Surreal images complete with demented quotes from ‘God’ himself.
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