But on the off-chance that the guy is an actual Turkmen in Turkmenistan, I figured it would be impolite to take up the issue here.
Our government is paranoid about money leaving the country. And I think, rightly so.
We spend quite a lot inside on infrastructure, build some shiny new schools/hospitals/residence buildings, invest on some factories, etc. It may not be "wisest" way possible, but I wouldn't call that stupid either. At least, better than distributing the wealth among "family" like in Russia 90s.
My original point was "No, you can't make millions by getting on radar here in Turkmenistan. It is not as easy as you think."
And certainly, a policy to contain the kind of international laundering^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hcapital flight that characterised Russia in the 90s is wiser than the absence of one.
True, HRW and Wikipedia are just Western conspiracies -- just ask any dictator! :-)
Totally irrelevant. I quoted:
>>Any opposition to the government is considered treason and punishable by life imprisonment.
My SPECIFIC point was:
The "joke" here is: I wonder what would happen the poster if he wrote anything different?
To be absolutely clear: The poster couldn't write anything else out of self preservation, according to HRW/Wikipedia.
If you can show HRW to be spinning that much, please give references.
Nothing! Seriously.. I keep a blog (in Turkmen) for more than 3 years and people actually living in the country write all kinds of criticism (in blog posts/comments), and guess what? We are all alive and well, have more than 1 million+ pageviews/year.
Oh wait, someone's knocking the door...