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Region Central Asia
Leader President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
Population 5 851 000
Christian 1.2%
Main Religion Islam
Government Presidential Republic
Rank 23
Score 69
Previous Rank 19
Previous Score 68

During the days of the Soviet Union, atheism was enforced by the state. Religion is still viewed with suspicion and distrust, and the Church is heavily regulated. Police raids, surveillance and confiscation of Christian materials are common. Most Turkmens identify as Muslim. Converting from Islam to Christianity can lead to violent persecution and rejection from family and community.

Pray: For more religious freedom and for Christians to continue to be bold in sharing the Gospel.

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