Turkmenistan: Two popular singers released from prison

6 March 2013

The two popular singers Maksat Kakabaev and Murad Ovezov were released from prison as part of an amnesty celebrating the National Flag Day in Turkmenistan, reported Freedom Now: “Maksat Kakabaev (also known as MARO) and Murad Ovezov are popular singers who were wrongfully detained in Turkmenistan on fabricated charges. Mr. …

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Turkmenistan: Popular singers sentenced to two years in prison

2 March 2011

Two popular Turkmen singers and rock musicians have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, reported Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights. The following is a newsletter from the Austrian-based human rights organisation: According to the family members, the case of a young singer Maksat Kakabayev (also spelled: Kakabaev – artist name: Maro), who was illegally …

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Turkmenistan: Among world’s most repressive regimes, states RSF report

27 October 2005

“Turkmenistan tops the list of the world’s most repressive regimes,” says a report by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans fronti The report is entitled “The 2005 World Press Freedom Index”. It ranks 167 countries according to criteria that includes every kind of violation affecting journalists – such as murders, imprisonment, …

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Turkmenistan: Ban on recorded music in all public places

26 August 2005

Turkmenistan’s president Saparmurat Niyazov has banned the playing of recorded music at all public events, on television and at weddings, saying he wants to protect Turkmen culture. BBC News reports.   In an attempt to protect Turkmen culture from “negative influences” and minimise foreign influence in the isolated former Soviet …

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