In Turkmenistan, Wearing a Face Mask is a Crime

Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia, has been ruled by a succession of strongmen. The first one, Turkmenbashi, had a huge statue of himself built over the capital of Ashgabat (see the photo). When we were there in 2008, shortly after Turkmenbashi had died, there were signs thatĀ  the country was starting to…