14 February 2002 ASHGABAT, 13 February (EurasiaNet)--Turkmenistan was one of the last countries to declare independence from the Soviet Union, waiting until 27 October 1991 to hold a referendum on the issue. Like most of the Central Asian states, Turkmenistan was forced to confront independence unexpectedly, with the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. Turkmen […]

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