Aug 3, 2009

Turkmenistan Bans Student Travel

According to the Vienna-based Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights, the government of Turkmenistan has put a travel ban into effect for young men and women this summer, because it is no longer permitted for said young men and women to study abroad.

Officials have not explained why the residents of Turkmenistan are not allowed to study abroad at their own expense. Moreover, there has been no good explanation for prohibiting the individuals holding entrance visas to Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries, to exit Turkmenistan.

Well, since the government has "reformed," I assume the eventual explanation we receive will have nothing to do with Niyazov's mother. So that's a relief.

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