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Turkmenistan: Might and Happiness, But Few Eggs

The Teke bazaar in Ashgabat in 2011. Basic staples, like eggs, sugar and cooking oil, have become hard to locate in Turkmenistan. The situation is likened by some commentators to what occurred in the late Soviet period, when large lines would form outside stores, although many basic items would not be available to purchase. (Photo: Asian Development Bank)

Turkmenistan has not in recent memory experienced much trouble providing its population with eggs. Until this recent holiday weekend, that is.
 
In the run-up to Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated in Turkmenistan by the Slavic community, eggs were in high demand and short supply.
 
The shortage of the item served as another reminder of the government’s increasing struggle to maintain the rosy facade during the self-styled “Era of Might and Happiness,” as falling prices for the country’s natural gas exports cause the economy to stall.
 
Eggs have not disappeared entirely, but they have been hard to find and deliveries have been spotty.
 
Those lucky enough may have had a consignment of a few dozen eggs arrive at their local state store. In the capital, they were selling at 33 tenge ($0.10) apiece. There are 100 tenge to one Turkmen manat.
 

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