Turkmenistan Bans Music Records

World | August 24, 2005, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: 943 | Comments: 0
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Turkmenistan Bans Music Records Turkmenistan’s authoritarian President Saparmurat Niyazov has issued a fresh decree banning recorded music at all public venues, on television and during weddings. The move aims to protect Turkmen culture from “negative influences.” Photo by vremea.net

Turkmenistan's authoritarian President Saparmurat Niyazov has banned the playing of recorded music at all public places, on television and at weddings. The move was designed to protect Turkmen culture from "negative influences," according to Niyazov. He had already banned opera and ballet, car radios, closed all hospitals except in capital Ashgabat. Niyazov renamed some calendar months after the president and his mother. He has been ruling the country since Soviet times.
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