Russian Pipe Metallurgical Company Supplies Pipes for Turkmenistan – China Pipeline
The Russian Pipe Metallurgical Company supplied large diameter pipes for the Central Asia -China international gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan to China, the company said on Saturday.
Rights activists are calling on Turkmenistan’s government to disclose information about a group of approximately 30 prisoners who have not been heard from for over 10 years.
As part of an OSCE human rights meeting in Warsaw on October 2, activists from the Civic Solidarity Platform, a coalition, and Virginia-based Crude Accountability launched the campaign, “Prove They Are Alive: The Disappeared in the Turkmen Prisons,” Fergana News reported.
On November 25, 2002, a lorry blocked President Saparmurat Niyazov's cortege in Ashgabat and unidentified people opened fire. Niyazov survived the attack and promptly rounded up opposition leaders and alleged critics, including former Foreign Minister Boris Shikhmuradov, who was reportedly planning to run for president. Members of the group were accused of conspiracy, forced to confess during a show trial, and handed long prison sentences. The New York Times characterized the episode as “the most chilling public witch hunt since Stalin.”
The families of the jailed have been unable to obtain information about the fate of their loved ones for over a decade.
The editor-in-chief of the opposition-minded Gundogar website, Bayram Shikhmuradov, son of Boris Shikhmuradov, helped organize the initiative. He criticized Turkmen authorities and the OSCE Center in Ashgabat for failing to attend the hearings, Gundogar reported on October 3.
This month, at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Turkmenistan took the opportunity to assert itself in world affairs, sending a delegation headed by Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and calling for an expanded United Nations role in the world, and proposing that the remote country host fiv
Oil processing volumes grow in Turkmenistan
Since early 2013, the amount of crude oil provided in salable condition reached more than 4.4 million tons in the complex of oil refineries in Turkmenbashi, which is the largest enterprise in the country, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan reported. This reflects a production growth rate of 101.9 percent.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov in New York on September 29, the Times of Israel reported, in an apparent bid to strengthen relations with arch-foe Iran's northeastern neighbor.
The Jerusalem Post said the meeting comes just three months after Ashgabat finally accredited a new Israeli ambassador. Ashgabat had rejected two candidates for "allegedly being spies interested not in furthering bilateral relations, but in collecting intelligence information on Iran." The ambassador saga dragged on for years.
Turkmenistan is strategically important to Israel because "[f]rom a hotel in Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat, according to a saying in Jerusalem, one can see into Iran," the Jerusalem Post asserted. "This explains the geostrategic importance of these ties for Israel. Other reasons are that Turkmenistan is a predominantly Muslim country and it is extremely rich in gas and natural resources."
Fearing Israel's influence on its neighbors, “Iran has been determined to limit Israeli involvement in the Caspian region," according to a report by the London-based Caspian Research Institute, which is cited by the Jerusalem Post. Israel also buys oil and sells weapons to another of Iran's post-Soviet neighbors, Azerbaijan.
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov cleaned up house, dismissing most of the Procurator’s offices top officials, among other senior government officials in what has been touted to be a crackdown on corruption.