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Turkmenbashy Part 2: Putin, Taliban, Internet Shutdown


Installed as leader of independent Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov constructs one of the most surreal regimes in all of history. Rebuilding the capital city in white marble, he puts his own mother at the forefront of public life. An absurd series of policies begins – nothing is exempt from Turkmenbashy’s whims. Even as the War on Terror lands on his doorstep, the tyrant seems unstoppable. But, somehow, opposition will emerge, culminating in a dramatic attempt on his life. A Noiser production, written & produced by Dan Smith. Research by Derek Henry Flood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices