Reports on Turkmenistan president’s death are ‘fake’ — Turkmen diplomat

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Over the weekend, the social media and some Internet-based news outlets, citing unofficial sources, reported on the alleged death of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. Late on July 21, an official from Turkmenistan’s Embassy in Russia told the news agency Interfax that reports about the death of President Berdymukhammedov are “fake”.

“This is fake news. This is falsified information, which absolutely has nothing to do with reality,” the Turkmen diplomat said.

In the meantime, independent foreign-based news agency Chronicles of Turkmenistan on July 21 reported that Ogulabat Berdymukhammedova, the mother of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, had been undergoing a course of medical treatment in Germany for ten days.

Her condition was evaluated as grave but stable.

Chronicles of Turkmenistan earlier reported that on May 21, a team of Turkish healthcare practitioners, including a renowned anesthesiologist, urgently departed to Ashgabat. According to the news outlet Turkmen Yurt TV, the reason was the deteriorated medical condition of the President’s mother.

President Berdymukhammedov disappeared from public for 10 days after he held the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers on July 5. The official media outlets did not mention the reason for the President’s disappearance from radar screen.

On July 15 it was announced by the state television channels that the President started his annual leave and showed a video footage of the President writing a new book and spending time with his family. Since that time Berdymukhammedov has not appeared in public.

Journalists from the news outlet Gundogar found out that one of the presidential planes was detected in Germany on July 12.

Sergey Kwan

TCA