July 24, 2019  |  Updated August 26, 2019

Despite Rumors, Turkmen Leader Likely Alive

By William Echols

On July 20, ERKIN TÜRKMENISTAN, a Turkmen opposition group in exile, posted a video to YouTube announcing that 62-year-old Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, had died, reportedly of acute renal failure.

That report would later circulate on social media, with the Telegram-channel El Murid one of the most popular Russian-based bloggers on Live Journal, citing an anonymous source in the opposition, allegedly confirming the death.

Aslan Rubaev, director of the Russia-based Eurasian Problems Monitoring Center, told the Moscow-based radio station Govorit Moskva that Berdimuhamedov had passed away while on vacation.

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