Staunton, April 20 – Arkady Dubnov, who writes for Moscow’s New Times, completes his survey of the response of Central Asian countries to the pandemic. In his first article, he focused on the three – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan – which have adopted draconian measures (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2020/04/central-asian-countries-range-from.html
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was in charge of Turkmenistan’s health care system. If the coronavirus has spread there, that would be a political disaster for him and his government.
At the same time, however, the New Times writer points out, Berdimuhamedow can be proud that among those he trained was Denis Protsenko, most recently the chief doctor of the Moscow hospital Vladimir Putin visited and who is a symbol of the anti-pandemic efforts in Russia.