The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Don't Mention COVID-19 in This Country

    According to the precious few independent journalists operating in Turkmenistan, authorities in the repressive Central Asian nation are hauling away anyone who talks about coronavirus in public. State media has banned the word, and official brochures on disease prevention no longer mention it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, not a single case has been reported there — though officials have locked up the capital Ashgabat anyway.

    Is Turkmenistan in trouble? Besides bordering hard-hit Iran, it also relies heavily on selling natural gas to economically struggling China.

    Read this OZY story about Turkmenistan's lavish government spending.

This story is part of The Presidential Daily Brief

view full edition