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A death that makes me happy

Today it was announced that Türkmenba?y, Saparmyrat Ataýewiç Nyýazow, the dictator of Turkmenistan, had died. Although I don’t normally rejoice in the death of other people, I sincerely think this is a man that Turkmenistan and the world will do better without. Some of his more unusual actions according to Wikipedia included:

  • ordering that physicians swear an oath to him instead of the Hippocratic Oath
  • decreeing that teachers who wished to avoid being put on the lowest grade of pay or even sacked, would have to write a newspaper article praising Türkmenba?y and have it published in one of the two newspapers of the country
  • changing the Turkmen word for bread to that of his late mother
  • ordering the closure of all hospitals outside A?gabat, saying that if people were ill, they could come to the capital

2 thoughts on “A death that makes me happy

  • I heard of this death on tonight’s radio 4 news – they said that many Turkmans would be happy at his passing – Turkmans?, Surely Turkmen???

  • He was a hero of turkmen people we loved him i shocked when he died


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