Strange Laws In Turkmenistan

No Beards For Young Men

One of the many weird rules framed by Niyazov in 2004 was that young men were barred from having beard or long hair. Only men above 70 could keep a beard. The strange thing is that the rule similar to one in Tajikistan still exists. It was not changed or repealed by Berdymukhamedov.

No Dirty Cars In The Country

One of the most bizarre laws from the incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov is that you cannot have black cars in the capital city, Ashgabat. Also, dirty cars are not allowed. This is also why there are a number of car-washing stations on the outskirts of the city, so that people can get their cars cleaned before entering the city.

Notable Bans

Former Turkmenbashi Saparmurat Niyazov banned the playing of video games, listening to car radios, performing opera and ballet, smoking in public, gold teeth, spandex and long hair on men. It has been speculated that the latter ban was enacted to enforce conformity of appearance. Niyazov ordered the closure of all libraries outside the capital of Ashgabat. News anchors, both men and women, were prevented from wearing any sort of make-up after Niyazov discovered he was unable to tell the difference between them when the presenters wore it.

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