Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Editorial credit: Jakub Buza /


Turkmenistan is a repressive authoritarian state where political rights and civil liberties are almost completely denied in practice. Elections are tightly controlled, ensuring nearly unanimous victories for the president and his supporters. The economy is dominated by the state, corruption is systemic, religious groups are persecuted, and political dissent is not tolerated.

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Freedom in the World — Turkmenistan Country Report

Turkmenistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

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Nations in Transit — Turkmenistan Country Report

Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Turkmenistan receives a Democracy Percentage of 0 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2022 report.