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Turkmenbashi Lives On, in Vodka

Turkmenbashi Vodka. Photo: Christine Quirk

Ever since Turkmenistan’s eccentric despot Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” Niyazov died in late 2006, his eccentric, despotic successor has been busy refocusing Niyazov’s pagan-like personality cult on himself. 

But Niyazov lives on in one distinct brand that the current strongman dares not touch: Turkmenbashi Vodka. 

Bottles of vodka bearing Turkmenbashi’s likeness are in high demand in Ashgabat, the Chronicles of Turkmenistan website reported on April 23.

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Turkmenbashi Lives On, in Vodka

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