Since this video is currently making the rounds on social media, I thought I’d point you all toward some of the excellent and important reporting done by our own Iain Treloar on its main character, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan and known fan of bicycles, giant golden dog statues, and premium track suits.
A brief Dictator of Turkmenistan update
He went for a group ride with a few close friends.
Turkmenistan's president went on a low-key bicycle ride this morning.— Peter Leonard (@Peter__Leonard) April 7, 2021
And by low-key I mean he was greeted by many hundreds of people forced to stand clapping for him and to join him on his ride as dancers and singers performed along his route pic.twitter.com/DAI7cF2t3d