Reports have circulated this week that the Peace Corps is once again having troubles in Turkmenistan, the independent émigré site chrono-tm.org reports. An anonymous tipster said that the latest batch of volunteers from the US were supposed to come to Ashgabat in early October, but were delayed, and may possibly even have been reassigned. The current group of volunteers was said to be facing the expiration of their visas on October 1.
Yet the US Embassy in Ashgabat denies the alarmist claims. In response to a query from EurasiaNet, William B. Stevens, the Public Affairs Officer for the Embassy, had this carefully-worded reply:
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