Turkmen Radio - Inside View

Turkmen radio - Inside View is an IWPR radio training and broadcast project for Turkmenistan, aimed at reducing the information blockade imposed by the current regime in the country. The material produced by Turkmen journalists is available on this website as soundfiles (in the Turkmen language) with accompanying texts in Turkmen, Russian and English. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen Service is using the Inside View stories in its broadcasts beamed into Turkmenistan.

PLEASE NOTE: The IWPR Turkmen Radio Project formally ended in January 2007. Project material will remain on the IWPR website as an archive in three languages.

Latest Stories

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16 May 2006
People living on either side of the Turkmen-Uzbek border are reaping the benefits as increasing amounts of petrol are shifted illegally from Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan. The volume has increased threefold in the last two years.
16 May 2006
Turn a corner in Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar, and you might imagine you are suddenly somewhere in Central Asia. This small part of the sprawling covered market is known as “Turkmen Street”. Here you will hear the Turkmen language spoken as often as Turkish, and you can buy a typical Turkmen red robe, embroidered skullcap, or heavy silver bangle from one of the shops lining the alley.
27 Apr 2006
Since the Turkmen president placed a ban on cable television in 2002, satellite TV has been the only source of objective information for the nation. However, Turkmenistan’s citizens fear that the authorities will soon ban the use of satellite antennas, too.
27 Apr 2006
Despite the serious economic situation, Turkmenistan’s population is adapting to modern living conditions and finding additional ways to earn a living.
27 Apr 2006
Turkmenistan has long been invisible for the majority of people in Russia, who are preoccupied with petrol prices and utilities reforms. But recently it transpired that the Russian-speaking population in Turkmenistan would be left in an especially difficult position by reforms instituted by President Saparmurad Niazov.
21 Apr 2006
With the onset of cold weather this January, there have been frequent cases of gas poisoning among Turkmenistan’s population. In Ashgabat alone, seven families died from gas fumes in January. The cause of the poisoning was malfunctions in the Iranian-made gas stoves which people install in their apartments on their own, without notifying or seeking permission from the city gas authority.
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