28. Durdyev, Habibylla

Date of Birth: 1955 or 1956, Tejen.

Biography: He graduated from the Agronomy School in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Institute of National Economy, Tashkent Higher Party School (1988). Beginning in 1974 he worked as a senior economist in the Tejen District information and Computing Station. From 1978, he worked in the Komsomol as an instructor, department head of the Tejen District Committee, Section Head, Department of Regional Committee of Ashgabat, and as the First Secretary of the Proletarian District Committee of Youth of the Turkmen SSR. From 1988 he worked at the Central Committee of Youth of the Turkmen SSR, as chairman of the Bureau of International Youth Tourism “Sputnik,” and as the Secretary of the Central Committee of Youth of the Turkmen SSR. From 1990 to1991, he served as First Secretary of the Central Committee of Youth of the Turkmen SSR. From 1992 he served as Chairman of the Central Council of the Youth Union of Turkmenistan. At the same time, from 1992, he served as Chairman of the State Customs Committee, and later as Chairman of the Association of Bread Products, “Turkmengallaonumleri.” On June 30, 1999, he was appointed khyakim of Balkan Province. On September 11, 2000 he became khyakim of Dashoguz Province. He was relieved of his post on November 15, 2002, for shortcomings in his work, including the failure to collect grain according to plan. He was a member of the CPSU (1978), the Central Bureau of the Central Committee of the CPT and the CPT (from April 16, 1991). He was awarded the “Garashsyz Turkmenistan Bolan Beyik soygusi perpetrate” in December 1999.

Arrest and Conviction: He died in prison on August 3, 2009 (Gundogar, 04.08.2009). Information on Wikipedia stating that he had been pardoned by the Decree of December 6, 2008 is incorrect. Another version, according to which Durdyyev was sent to a forced settlement, and then arrested on charges of trying to escape from the country and damages amounting to US $500 thousand, cannot be confirmed. Allegedly, he was convicted due to intervention by President Niyazov’s son.