Sudden meetings of the heads of Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and the heads of Uzbekistan virtually joined them, as well as the documents signed by them on the construction and modernization of gas pipelines and the sale to Russia of everything that is burning, has generated a lot of comments and judgments. The main watershed in expert estimates was about winning or losing Russia and the same with respect to Poland and its partners from the company of other Russophobes in the race for control over Asian resources. What a sin to conceal, and try to hide the obvious under the veil of politically correct formulations - now we are talking about a very dusty race for very big money and no less great influence, both in Europe and in Asia. At this stage, Vladimir Putin came first. Applause! And there is no doubt that all the pipes will be buried in the designated period, oil and gas will flow through them, filling the houses of the Western democrats, the money of the Russian oligarchs and the cuts of the Asian satraps with heat. Too, too big a jackpot was put on the line, and the stars began so that there could be no other chance to break this jackpot.
However, enough about the global, let's see what is more mundane and concrete in all this. Alas, the entire geopolitical intrigue of the struggle for the routes of oil and gas to European markets, with all the political and economic victories and losses that have been gained, led to a crushing defeat of everything that was called democracy and human rights until recently. Moreover, both Western politicians and bureaucrats, as well as Asian politicians, worked with this defeat, with the subtle manipulation of their Russian colleagues. Of course, the European and Russian authorities fought primarily for the pipe and gas in it, but the Asians were from what to choose, and the choice was in favor of Russia. And to the detriment of their people, no matter how strange it all sounds.
And it’s not at all that the pipe through Georgia, Ukraine and Poland is better than through Russia is not at all. But the fact that Russia, with its influence, will completely cover the Asian regimes from Western criticism, all the more will not itself crawl into their internal affairs with “freedoms” and “human rights” - this is a fact. And this is very well understood in this very Asia, for the rulers of which “human rights” have long become a bugaboo, definitely meaning an attempt on their power, on their ability to rule not by law, but by their own will and command.
After Niyazov’s death, many in Turkmenistan developed illusions about the possibility of change, albeit slow and gradual. But he who knew how to read understood almost immediately that emissaries of Western democracies who were frequent in Ashgabat were talking only about Turkmen gas and very little about democracy. But this “little” was enough for the Turkmen authorities to understand that, subject to cooperation with Western companies, it would be necessary to make the economy transparent. The experience of Kazakhgate made it clear that one thing is to deal with the lured and thievish Turkish business, and quite another thing is with transnational corporations, which, after all previous scandals, have no particular desire and are severely limited in their ability to implement “gray” schemes ". Yes, and with human rights will have to do something. Otherwise, the public in these countries is in the habit of being interested in the fate of political prisoners and murdered journalists, and there is something else (and much more) in the countries of Central Asia.
With its previous ingratiating attitude toward the new-old Turkmen authorities, the West has laid a good ground for itself for the future. Now all the criticism addressed to the Asian regimes about the violation of human rights and the stagnation of democratic institutions, the authorities of these countries will be explained very simply. Say, look, it cost us to conclude an agreement with Russia, which is disadvantageous to the West, as they (the West) began to criticize us for violating human rights. Speculators! And they will be right in something.
Militant Russophobia and unwillingness to think more widely than their parochial interests drives all Western concepts and models for building cooperation and security into a complete dead end, turns the entire international toolkit on respect for human rights and building democratic institutions into incapable trash. It is worth seeing what the Western countries themselves turned into a unique OSCE mechanism, reducing all its activities to small project designers instead of upholding the original principles. Moreover, it will take a little time, the same Europeans will find a reason to be friends with Russia, and all human rights issues in Asia will roll even deeper into the asphalt. And everyone will pretend that all Russian gas is not supposed to be outraged.
Meanwhile, in the same Turkmenistan there is little that has changed since the times of the marble-cave “Golden Age” of Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great. Less than half a year after the death of Eternally Great, the authorities launched the birth process of the next outstanding statesman and dear leader. While the portraits of Turkmenbashi the First and current President still hang interspersed on buildings. But the instruction has already been received: to reduce the role of the First One, but not for the elimination of the personality cult in principle, but for the birth of the new. In the Turkmen media for this, and a new title for the new president has already been invented - "President-reformer." Only here reforms in Turkmenistan do not smell. The correction of Niyazov’s most odious actions can be compared with the transfer from the punishment cell to the general prison regime. No more. And now Western democracies have no reason to ask the Turkmen authorities: “Where are the free media? Where are the unions? Where are independent NGOs? Where is the freedom of exit and entry? The refrain will be the same: “You are our revenge for an agreement with Russia on gas.”
The same applies to Kazakhstan. How else to regard the almost unanimous vote in parliament on the issue of a lifelong presidency for Nursultan Nazarbayev and his lordly (royal) consent to a life sentence? And the attacks of Kyrgyz parliamentarians and other politicians on the existence of the American Ganci base in Bishkek? And the proposal to introduce Russian border guards into the country to protect the borders and in general ... And rest assured, this is not the last demarche. “Strengthening” Russia's position in connection with the signing of gas and oil contracts gave a sign to the entire Asian bureaucracy that it is now possible to kick the United States with Europe. But not Western democracies are their goal, but their own, homegrown. Now everyone understood what was possible. It is possible to suppress the remnants of free media (it does not belong to Turkmenistan, they are not there), independent NGOs and human rights activists (it does not belong to Turkmenistan, they are not there either). And the point is not that Russia, as a state, has nothing to do with all this. European states and the United States, or rather, the bureaucrats personifying these countries, as recent events have shown, also have nothing to do with democracy and human rights. However, in these countries there is, there is such an institution as public opinion, with which politicians are forced from time to time to be considered. And in Russia, the entire public field is almost completely cleaned. And the view of the Russian bureaucracy on the role of society and human rights is not much different from the opinion of the Asian bureaucrats on the same subject. Both of them do not need to look back at their society.
Turkmenistan is a hospitable country. His ancient way of life and life at this stage, I welcome because I was born there and lived until the age of majority, and I know what is happening there. Indigenous people still remember and respect I.V. Stalin. Such as Saparmurad Niyazovich there is no more !!!!!!!!!