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Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov fired a number of top officials, as well as issued severe warning to many others, in a sign of increasing anxieties over state budget woes and widespread economic pain caused by a sharp decline in natural gas export revenues. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense)

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam with the issue receiving a most unusual airing in the country’s rubberstamp parliament.
 
The state news agency reported on May 14 that lawmakers mulled the matter earlier in May, acting on the instructions of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who has worried out aloud, and angrily, about the problem.
 
This latest cycle of professed concern appears to have been sparked by revelations of corruption among leading officials in the energy industry. Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Maksat Babayev announced in a government meeting on May 15 that law enforcement officials are investigating. “It was noted that people engaging themselves in this type of criminal offense have no place in Turkmen society. The deputy prime minister calls on all managers to take all measures possible to uproot such negative occurrences,” the state news agency reported.
 
Signs are that the problem goes much deeper than just the energy industry, however.
 

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