Turkmenistan to Restrict Free Utilities

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ASHGABAT

Turkmenistan has long offered an array of state-subsidised benefits to its citizens. "We have extremely low housing costs, utility and telephone rates, transit fares and free power, gas, water, salt and gasoline," Ashgabat resident Amanmyrat Sopyyev told Central Asia Online. But such a system can have drawbacks, Sopyyev, a financial professional who works at the Ministry of Economic Development