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A Quiet Siege of Turkmenistan

Feb 9, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
The Quiet Siege of Turkmenistan
Threats to his country's security and economy have compelled Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to tighten his grip on power.
(SEAN GALLUP/Getty Images)

With a small population of roughly 5.2 million people and a geography defined mostly by desert, Turkmenistan has remained internally cohesive and for the most part spared of the disruptive internal divides of its Central Asian counterparts. Very few opposition groups exist within the country, and those that do provide...

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