EU PUSHES FOR GAS SUPPLY ALTERNATIVE IN TURKMENISTAN, FOLLOWING SMALL HUMAN RIGHTS IMPROVEMENTS

BY MARK ROWE

WHEN the European Union's (EU) energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, visited Turkmenistan last autumn it served notice that this central Asian ex-Soviet republic had come in from the cold. Once a pariah on the international stage, because of the activity of its crazed former president Sapamurat Niyazov (NOTE - SPELLING IS CORRECT), Turkmenistan has become something more than a bit player in the international energy sector.
However, the reality is that the new regime in Ashkhabad appears to be only marginally less oppressive than its ...


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