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A boy plays outside his home in central Ashgabat. Satellite dishes abound in Turkmenistan, providing residents access to Russian and Turkish news. Since the state-controlled Russian media's apparent interference in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus this year, observers in Ashgabat suggest the satellites give the Kremlin a quiet lever of power over the country.

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A boy plays outside his home in central Ashgabat. Satellite dishes abound in Turkmenistan, providing residents access to Russian and Turkish news. Since the state-controlled Russian media's apparent interference in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus this year, observers in Ashgabat suggest the satellites give the Kremlin a quiet lever of power over the country.