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Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News

In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new cafe bearing the name “Starbucks” has sent tongues wagging with its authentic-seeming decor and 15-manat Frappuccinos .

Predictably, however, it isn’t the real deal.

Social media was briefly stirred by the revelation that a Starbucks had sprung up in a mall that was opened by autocrat ruler Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov with great fanfare last year.

A Turkmenistan-focused news website provided a photo of the cafe — parked in a leafy corner of the the white-marble-dominated Bagtyyarlik mall — unambigiously bearing the Seattle-based company's logos and look.

Armenia’s ambassador to Turkmenistan also took a snap, hailing it as the advent of globalization in the country viewed as one of the world’s most isolated.  

Alas, Starbucks told EurasiaNet.org that it had nothing to do with the global retail chain.

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