06 May, 2008

Continuing to Betray the Future

The BBC reports that the government of Turkmenistan has decided to move the golden statue of the late President Saparmurat Niyazov from the centre of the capital, Ashgabat. As you know, this was topped by golden statue of Nizayov that turned throughout the day so that it would always face the sun. The statue will now be located near a highway on the edge of the city. It is not known if it will continue to rotate.

The New York Times, meanwhile, reports that Nizayov-era bans on opera, ballet, and the circus have also been revoked: 'A Turkmen Dismantles Reminders of Old Ruler'

Picture from the BBC article.

Hat tip to my learned colleagues from ILX

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