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Impoverished Turkmenistan Opens Arkadag, A Multibillion-Dollar City Named After Its Former President

Turkmenistan officially opened a multibillion-dollar city built from scratch on June 29. Arkadag is named in honor of the current president’s authoritarian father, who led the nation with an iron fist for 15 years. Despite the expense of the vast building project, the majority of Turkmen citizens live in poverty.

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