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Turkmenistan: When a Kleptocratic, Megalomaniacal Goes Bad

Sun, 05 Jan 2003 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 05 Jan 2003 - "Do you see our baby president on top of the world?" Marat, my driver, said, pointing to the sky. I craned my neck out the window to see an immense bronze bull with an even larger black metal globe astride its horns. Finally I saw him: a comparatively tiny gold figurine, the president as baby, maybe five stories up, nuzzling the whole earth from just below the North Pole; a golden kidney bean of an infant incongruously attached to the rest of the sculpture like a raccoon clinging to the top of a tree. "It represents our president when he was orphaned in the 1948 earthquake," Marat explained. The first rule for a cult of personality is ubiquity.