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Yearbook 2015

Turkmenistan. On January 1, the Turkmenistan currency devalued by about 19% as a result of the sharp fall of the Russian ruble. The low oil prices pushed the Turkmen economy, which is based on gas and oil. According to COUNTRYAAH, President Gurbanguli Berdimuchammedov said that the economy needs to be widened so that revenue outside energy is fivefold by 2020.

When Berdimuchammedov visited the EU in the spring to discuss, among other things, gas supplies, issues of human rights were raised with him. According to Amnesty, Turkmenistan is one of the world's worst repressive states. Berdimuchammedov announced an amnesty for more than 1,200 prisoners, but it was unclear what their crimes were.

2015 Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan was the third worst country on Reporters Without Borders list of press freedom in the world. Only worse were Eritrea and North Korea.

During the year, a 21 meter high gilded equestrian statue was inaugurated, where Berdimuchammedov sits on an achaltekeer horse on top of a white marble cliff. The monument was named the Protector, called the leader.

In July, Berdimuchammedov dismissed a number of ministers and other civil servants accused of corruption and curbing economic reforms. In a short time, about 80 officials were reported to have been prosecuted. At the same time, it was announced that the country's GDP grew by just over 9% during the first half of the year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Turkmenistan in November and met Berdimuchammedov. Kerry explained that oppression by political opponents could backfire and favor the radicalism feared by the leaders of Central Asia. Kerry raised 87 "urgent prisoners" that the United States would like to see released, though without making any promises. It was the first US Secretary of State to visit Turkmenistan since 1992.

During the year, Berdimuchammedov ensured that Turkmenistan entered Guinness's record book by 4 166 people singing cannon. The song was "Forward, Just Forward My Dear Turkmenistan", a toned poem written by Berdimuchammedov. The choir appeared in a huge herb, the traditional round nomad tent. The author and dictator participated in the song and played synthesizer.

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