» 05/28/2010, 00.00
Ashgabat: no amnesty for Jehovah’s Witnesses
Turkmen president issued an amnesty this month, but did include those who refuse compulsory military service on grounds of conscientious objection, like Jehovah’s Witnesses. The latter got two years of hard labour and had their Bible seized.
Ashgabat, Jehovah's Witness sentenced in secret, with (false) accusations of pornography
A court found Vladimir Nuryllaev guilty of "spreading pornography." There are six other Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned for conscientious objection.
Turkmenistan to free conscientious objectors
Amnesty marks the 23rd anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Six prisoners had been convicted for conscientious objection; two for exercising their right to freedom of religion and worship.
President prepares new “holy book” to replace the Ruhnama
Berdymukhammedov writes a text to take the place of a handbook which became the basis of a personality cult introduced by his predecessor Niyazov .The new book may be titled “Book of Turkmen ” or “Book of Humanity”.
Global crisis could further increase poverty in Turkmenistan, World Bank reports
According to the World Bank, Turkmenistan’s economy might even shrink. The International Monetary Fund expects growth in Central Asia to be less than 2 per cent. Just last week however Turkmen President Berdymukhammedov announced 10.7 per cent growth for this year.
Turkmenistan in energy talks with Europe to loosen Russian monopoly
Russia and Turkmenistan squabble over gas sales depriving Ashgabat of US$ 2 billion in revenues in April and May, forced to shut down 195 fields. Human rights are set aside.
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