Scholar Anna Matveeva's analysis of the fast-growing authoritarian trend in all five countries of the region: from the "January of Blood" in 2022 in Kazakhstan to the increasingly harsh restrictions on freedom of information in Kyrgyzstan. More than changes in the political system, it is the variants of "modernizing the economy" of the Asian giants that are imposing themselves.
Turkmen follow their own calendar with a 12-year cycle. Addressing the people, president-son Serdar Berdymukhamedov extolled the successes of the past year, starting with the inauguration of the futurist city of Arkadag dedicated to the president-father.
Discomfort in the organisation of parties: young people forced to participate in hours of rehearsals, although the duration has been reduced compared to the past. Events recorded to avert live 'incidents'. A holiday extolled since Soviet times, to reduce the influence of Muslim leaders who claimed adherence to the Islamic calendar.
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