Turkmenistan: A Model Kleptocracy

Produced by Prove They Are Alive! campaign member, Crude Accountability, and written by Tom Mayne, the new report Turkmenistan: A Model Kleptocracy traces corruption in Turkmenistan by looking at how much the Turkmen government is earning, how the revenue is managed, and what the money is spent on. 

The comprehensive report places the Turkmen regime’s kleptocracy in the broader context of corruption, including the implications for human rights by examining the corrupt legacy established under the country’s first president, Saparmurat Niyazov, who created the system of kleptocracy that continues under his successor, President Berdymukhamedov.

It also looks at key government officials and members of Berdymukhamedov’s family in a bid to fill in the blanks about those who profit from this state theft. It follows officials who have been jailed for economic crimes in order to see what we can learn from their alleged wrongdoings and what it says about those who remain in power. 

Finally, this report looks at those businesses that have looked to profit from one of the most repressive regimes in the world by establishing links with the Turkmen government and those that have acted as enablers to the regime by providing goods and services to the Turkmen state, which serves to entrench an already corrupt system. 

The report is available online to view and download here.