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19 – Turkmenistan


Region Central Asia
Leader President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov
Population 5 503 000
Christian 1.3%
Main Religion Islam
Government One-party State
Rank 19
Score 67
Previous Rank 19
Previous Score 66

Turkmenistan is considered to be one of the most restrictive places in the world. There is no freedom of information or press. It is made extremely difficult for foreigners to access the country. A new personality cult has been started around president Berdymukhammedov. Additionally, there is a high level of monitoring of each and every group in society (including Christians) as well as a highly restricted access to foreign media and resources. Consequently, it is also difficult to get information out of the country. The overall pressure in Turkmenistan is fired by a paranoid regime that increases its control more and more.

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