Friday, August 4, 2017

"Turkmenistan: Golden Statue of Late President Disappears"

The cult of personality devoted to Turkmenistan’s late and mercurial President Saparmurat Niyazov began to be chipped away gradually in the years after his death in late 2006


References to Niyazov were eventually dropped from the national anthem. The image of his profile stopped appearing on the nation’s TV screens. His portrait no longer graces the newspaper. Most tellingly, his Rukhnama — a two-volume melange of holy text and folk history once made mandatory reading for everybody — has largely been forgotten. The growing number of works by the current president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, which include scientific and literary writings, are steadily assuming the role the Rukhnama once did.