Fresh prohibitions have crushed hopes that newly appointed 40-year-old president Serdar Berdymukhamedov would pursue a more enlightened path.
President Berdymukhamedov has for decades carefully been preparing for his son to take over.
Landmark deal may finally facilitate pipeline to Europe – if the Europeans are still interested.
The sector exists simply to idolise the president and serve the ruling class.
The regime insists the country is virus-free, but experts warn of an impending crisis.
Central Asia’s most isolated state remains set against reforms.
Grand architecture aims to reinforce national identity, but the human reality is different.
Many border areas are either lawless or controlled by militants, raising the prospect of destabilisation.
Constitutional amendments unlikely to translate into real change.
Recent death in detention highlights routine use of torture against suspects.