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Inside Turkmenistan
By Reuters -

People gather in front of a monument to President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during its inauguration ceremony in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 25, 2015. Turkmenistan unveiled the first monument to Berdymukhamedov - a gilded 6-meter-high statue of the leader on horseback perched on a white cliff, reflecting his flourishing personality cult in the reclusive gas-rich nation. REUTERS/Marat Gurt

Delegates of the Council of People, the Halk Maslakhaty, approve of the presidency of new leader of Turkmenistan Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during his inauguration in Ashgabat February 14, 2007. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Women walk down steps beneath a portrait of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow at the Palace of Happiness marriage registry office in Ashgabat February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Aman Mehinli

A woman looks out from her stall selling traditional garments and textiles at a market in Ashgabat February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Aman Mehinli

World War Two veteran Guwanch Myratlyev, 89, sits in his house in Ashgabat April 8, 2015. Myratlyev served as a sailor in Baltic fleet of the Soviet Union forces from February 1944 until 1950. REUTERS/Aman Mehinli

Students walk in front of Turkmenistan State University with a portrait of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on the facade in the capital Ashgabat October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

People wearing traditional dresses wave national flags in front of a poster as they attend an opening ceremony of a new gas processing plant at Bagtyarlyk gas field in eastern Turkmenistan May 7, 2014. REUTERS/Marat Gurt

Local imam calls for prayer from the minaret of a mosque in Ashgabad, August 19, 2007. REUTERS/Zhao Tsun Hsiung

A general view shows the resort of Avaza June 8, 2011. All-powerful leader of Turkmenistan promised that he will build a Las Vegas on the windswept shores of the Caspian Sea. REUTERS/Stringer

A wedding convoy passes a Turkmen flag near the mausoleum of the former leader Saparmurat Niyazov near Ashgabat February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A man performs at the opening ceremony of a yacht club, which is part of the Avaza resort, on the Caspian Sea in western Turkmenistan June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Marat Gurt

Dancers perform in a theatre at a new cultural centre in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat as a portrait of late leader of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov hangs in the centre, February 16, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Steen

Independence Day fireworks light the sky above the gold-plated statue of former leader of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov in Ashgabat October 27, 2002. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A woman walks through a park after snowfall in Ashgabat February 26, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkmen honor guards line up during a meeting of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich in Ashgabat, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout

A general view shows the resort of Avaza June 8, 2011. All-powerful leader of Turkmenistan  promises that, one day soon, he will build a Las Vegas on the windswept shores of the Caspian Sea. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of a military band are reflected in a brass instrument at a ceremony following the inauguration of Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov as new president of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat February 14, 2007. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Women walk by a block of flats with satellite TV dishes in the provincial Turkmen city of Turkmenabat March 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkmen vendor sells home made traditional Turkmen hats at an open market in Kara Kum desert 15 km (9,3 miles) outside the capital Ashgabat, February 2, 2006. Most of the hats are created according to ancient technology and traditional design. REUTERS/John Russel

Soldiers in traditional costume march away from the Rukhiyet hall where new leader of Turkmenistan was sworn in in Ashgabat February 14, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Steen

A Turkmen drugs control officer looks on as seized opium and heroin are displayed to diplomats and journalists at Manysh, some 20 km (12 miles) from the capital Ashgabat, February 7, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Steen

Turkmen elder with a donkey passes a line of government limousines near Ashgabat hippodrome October 28, 2002. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A woman buys fresh meat at the Jygerluk market on the outskirts of Ashgabat, February 8, 2007. REUTERS/Michael Steen

Folklore dancers perform in front of workers during a laying-down ceremony of a golden link of the Ashgabat-Karakum-Dashoguz railroad near Darvaza in the Karakum Desert north of the capital Ashgabat February 10, 2006. REUTERS/Olukbek Tagtabayev

Horses race past a giant portrait of Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at the presidential race track in Ashgabat May 11, 2007. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/Presidential Press Service