Aug8 : Turkmenistan’s repressive president is alive and well and has been doing stunts around the famous Darvaza Crater, a flaming pit nicknamed the “Gateway to Hell”according to recently released footage following rumors that he had died.
In July, there were rumours about the health of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov due to his sudden disappearance from public view for several weeks.
He also seemingly races through the Karakum Desert in a rally car before doing donuts around the famous Darvaza Crater.
The Central Asian country’s embassy in Russia denied the reports to the Russian state news agency TASS, calling the rumours an “absolute hoax”.
Berdymukhamedov, who regularly stars in state media broadcasts, reappeared on television screens later that month, in a broadcast showing him reviewing pictures of bus shelters.On Sunday, Turkmenistan state broadcaster Watan Habarlary provided more detail on the leader’s recent activities. It is not known when the footage was filmed, CNN reported.