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Turkmenistan is the most repressive of the independent states of the former Soviet Union. When former President Saparmurat Niyazov took power in 1991, he isolated the new country, gutted formal institutions, and silenced the media. After his death in 2006, his successor President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov promised reforms that never came. All of the candidates who registered for Turkmenistan's February 2012 presidential election were members of the ruling party.

Wearing their traditional costumes Turkmens celebrate Newroz (New Year) holiday in the capital Ashgabat with a portrait of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the background.

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cake sellers at the Bai Bazaar, Dashoguz, Turkmenistan

In Bai Bazaar, a Russian town in Turkmenistan, the legacy of Soviet rule remains evident in the dress and demeanour of these Turkmen women, and especially in its cakes. (Photo by David Stanley)

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Turkmen Fashion

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Dashoguz, turkmenistan

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How To Travel Outside Your Comfort Zone

Dancing Couple at Market, Konye-Urgench, Turkmenistan. Konye-Urgench is in north-eastern Turkmenistan, just south of its border with Uzbekistan.

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