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Turkmenistan
Capital:
Ashgabat
Population:
4,863,169 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Annexed by Russia between 1865 and 1885, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic in 1925. It achieved its independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. President NIYAZOV retains absolute control over the country and opposition is not tolerated. Extensive hydrocarbon/natural gas reserves could prove a boon to this underdeveloped country if extraction and delivery projects can be worked out.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $27.88 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
8,000 (2002)
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