News coming from Turkmenistan to any inexperienced observer can be tuned to a benevolent mood. Like, look at what changes are taking place in a country that until recently was considered one of the most closed and repressive countries in the world! Without a doubt, observers inside the country also note the changes in power. But what a bad luck, the authorities do not go further. And the logic of these changes does not reach the consciousness of the people, all the more so that these changes themselves are not reflected in the life of this people themselves.
A special lack of logic is observed in the personnel policy, and the actions of the Turkmen authorities are more and more like not a game of chess, where permutations of figures are aimed at improving position and, ultimately, at winning, but at playing lotto, or roulette, where the main principle is hope that a random win is about to fall.
How to explain, for example, the appointment of the former chairman of the state commodity and raw materials exchange to the post of the Supreme Chamber of Control of Turkmenistan is simply incomprehensible. It is known that in the specific economic conditions of Turkmenistan, the state commodity and raw materials exchange is not only one of the most corrupt state structures, but also one of the main corruption-forming structures. The monopoly on all major trade and procurement operations, both foreign and domestic, turned the stock exchange into an almost legalized system of bribes and kickbacks, without which no transaction could be realized. Now the owner of this institution has been placed "looking" for all budget operations in the country and for all its property. Or how to regard the appointment of a vice-premier of a man who (who) only 9 years ago began her career as an ordinary seamstress in one of the houses of life of a small peripheral town? The uniform spacing was arranged for the chairman of the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan. For the failure of the work of the commission to consider complaints of the population against the arbitrariness of the security and law enforcement agencies. What was the failure of the work was never explained, but it is known that the president himself is the chairman of this commission. But they dismissed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
And such examples do not count. At first, it seemed that by appointing his relatives, tribesmen and countrymen to key positions, the new president creates a loyal and dedicated team welded by kinship and fraternities, but aimed at the result. But we need a reasonable balance between personal loyalty and competence. And all the maxims of the new president on the need to prepare "competent and qualified personnel" look like Pharisa on the background of the ongoing personnel policy.
Exactly the same farce ended with the idea of sending students from Turkmenistan to study at Russian universities. Under the slogan of training "qualified" personnel in the oil and gas industry, however, all applicants are forced to pass the entrance exams for Niyazov "Ruhnama" in the national language! The question of what is the connection between the qualifications of a specialist in the oil and gas industry and the knowledge of “Ruhnama” in the Turkmen language is, of course, rhetorical. But the sincerity of the desire of the leadership of Turkmenistan to prepare "qualified" personnel with a preventive check on loyalty, we have to doubt.
All the enthusiasm for the “changes” in Turkmenistan can be cooled by the ongoing mega-projects on the permanent construction of new facilities, the relevance of which cannot be explained by the usual logic of expedient economic development. Apparently, the new government is haunted by the “achievements” of the former president, whose luxury and giganticism not only became a talk of the town, but also ruined the Turkmen treasury. And now, again, the authorities set about building a giant tower 400 meters high in Ashgabat and spending a billion dollars to create an international resort zone on the Caspian Sea coast in the immediate vicinity of the center of oil and gas processing in the city of Turkmenbashi (former Krasnovodsk). Together with the refinery, huge oil storages and smoking torches that adorn the surrounding landscape, there is a polypropylene manufacturing plant in the city, which is strictly prohibited to place within the city limits by all known safety standards. A good resort area will be! All the same, that in Moscow Kapotnya or in Azerbaijan Sumgait. Interestingly, one of the main attractions of this resort area should be a hotel in the form of the Tower of Babel. The fate of the original was sad, but the authorities do not take the trouble to scroll through a simple history textbook to evaluate a clear analogy.
As a breakthrough in the movement to abandon the legacy of Niyazov, the abolition of access control to the border areas of the country is being presented. In fact, due to the fact that entire regions (velayats) were included in this mode, half of the Central Karakum closed up “border” territories, from where it is about 500 kilometers to the nearest border! However, another anachronism of Niyazov time remained in force. We are talking about the so-called “black lists” of persons whose departure outside of Turkmenistan is strictly prohibited. The bulk of the people listed there are relatives of the repressed officials, dissidents, journalists, and community activists. There is information that during the reign of the new president, this list has almost doubled - from 11 to 20 thousand "refusers". The situation is no better with those wishing to enter Turkmenistan. According to a representative of one of the travel companies in Ashgabat, the percentage of refusal to issue visas to foreign citizens wishing to enter Turkmenistan on a tourist visa is about 90 percent! But the authorities prefer to keep silent about this. However, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations.
Moreover, the official Turkmen propaganda, as a success of the Turkmen foreign and domestic policy, is presented by the election of Turkmenistan as the vice-chairman of the UN General Assembly. The usual technical procedure for the rotation of the UN bureaucrats has become in the mouth of local officials "a huge success" and "recognition of merit." And once again pharisaism, again an imitation of change.
As in the times of Niyazov, state security officers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, prosecutors were seconded to harvest grain. But at the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov ordered a strict fight with the postscript. There were postscripts or not, the work of the seconded warders will show, but the fact of postscripts or fears in their existence suggests that the normal pricing mechanism does not work in the country, yes, in principle, any other normal economic mechanism. Otherwise, the need for postscripts and other frauds would not have arisen. As in the construction of the "Tower of Babel". Another proof of the abnormality of the economic mechanism is the fact widely publicized by official propaganda, saying that "Turkmenistan is the cheapest gasoline in the world." In modern conditions, several structures of the economy cannot function at once - mobilization-compulsory, subsidized, proclaimed by the authorities economic policy of “open doors” and market economy. Something of this has to be imitated. Like all other "changes" in the country.
But, as Khoja Nasreddin said: “How many do not say halva will not be sweet in the mouth.”