The books, authored by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, are freely available on the website devoted to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality.
The catalogue is comprised of 63 writings. Among them are not only the books personally written by Berdymukhammedov, but also 11 collections based on his adages entitled “To the new heights of progress”.
It is not possible to download the books but they can be read fully online, without any restrictions. The writings are available in Turkmen, Russian and English. Some books have been translated into other languages. For instance, “A horse is a symbol of loyalty and happiness” is available in Hindi, Turkish, German, Chinese and Arabic.
It should be highlighted that the books authored by the President are an inseparable part of the personality cult. They are studied by schoolchildren, students, public sector employees, military personnel and even cotton pickers during work breaks.
In the 2019 progress report the Ombudsperson Yazdursun Annagurbanova counted the number of books authored by the President which are available in the libraries of Akhal’s penitentiary establishments.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov took on writing after he came into office in 2007. During 13 years in power the head of state has authored 52 books, or four writings a year on average.