Thursday, August 8, 2019

"Turkmenistan leader drives donuts around 'Gateway to Hell' in footage following death rumors"

CNN:

In a 25-minute report, Berdymukhamedov rides a horse, composes music and appears to score three strikes in a bowling game to a round of applause from aides wearing matching tracksuits.

He also seemingly races through the Karakum Desert in a rally car before driving in circles and skidding around the famous Darvaza Crater.

While there's no concrete record of exactly how it came into being, the fiery crater is said to have formed in 1971 when Soviet geologists looking for oil realized they'd stumbled across a cavern of natural gas. They set it alight to avoid the spread of methane.
*Previously: "Turkmenistan: Golden Statue of Late President Disappears"