Suspected COVID-19 outbreak reported in prison. Amid continued govt denial of COVID-19 cases, independent media RFE/RL 16 Oct reported major disease outbreak, suspected to be COVID-19, in women’s prison in northern Dashoguz region, with several inmates reportedly in critical condition. Pro-govt media outlet 25 Oct praised “effectiveness of the Turkmen model of response to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The death of President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan from heart failure was announced on 21 December 2006.
Crisis Group and other NGOs call on U.S. Secretary of State Rice to designate Turkmenistan as a "country of particular concern".