TurkmenistanA new page based on the new template is being worked on at Turkmenistan/Temp, please make any changes you want to make on that page.
Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia. It has borders with Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan , Uzbekistan and has a coastline on the Caspian Sea.
Annexed by Russia
became a Soviet republic
. It achieved its independence upon the dissolution of the USSR
. President Saparmurat Niyazov
retains absolute control over the country and opposition is not tolerated.
Extensive hydrocarbon (natural gas) reserves could prove a boon to this underdeveloped country if extraction and delivery projects can be worked out.
From the CIA World Factbook 2000 and the U.S. Department of State website. Not Wikified.