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Libraries Banned in Turkmenistan

Filed under by Chris Zammarelli — 04/21/2005 @ 9:57 am

An article linked to by LISNews.com reports that Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niazov has banned libraries, saying, “No one goes to libraries and reads books anyway.” He also said that the only books Turkmen need, written by Niazov himself, should already be in every home. Turkmenbashi, the term Niazov goes by that means “father of all Turkmen,” has already banned circuses, opera and ballet from his country. He had previously ordered books by authors of classic Turkmen literature to be burned as they did not jibe with Niazov’s personal beliefs.

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