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Oct 28, 2009 As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students

QUOTE: those efforts [of better relations between the US and Kyrgyzstan] are being complicated by a government campaign against students seeking to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)... Some students have been barred from travelling abroad to the school and others have been subject to surveillance and harassment when they come home.

Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say

QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.

Washington Post
Feb 15, 2007 Turkmen President Installed After Vote Opponents Dispute

QUOTE: There was no full-scale international monitoring of the vote, but officials with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which sent a handful of observers, said privately that the election was neither free nor fair. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos, whose country currently chairs the OSCE, urged Turkmenistan to "commit itself to a process of political reform and democratization."

Washington Post
Aug 06, 2004 In Turkmenistan, Thugs and Tyranny

QUOTE: ...a vast tragedy that has befallen Turkmenistan under the rule of President Saparmurad Niyazov.

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics