Who is the strongest man among the post-Soviet leaders? Who knows no fear? Who will always come to the rescue?
As reported before, Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov demonstrated his achievements in sports when holding an exhibition training for ministers in the gym. Soon after the show-off, residents of the Central Asian country got the chance to admire the president’s ability to throw knives and fire a gun – this was aired by the state-controlled TV.
“A couple of weeks ago, he ‘went off radars’. He announced that the government went on vacation, but he has always been on TV – he is usually shown fishing, cycling during holidays. He has not been on air for two weeks. It was rumoured whether he was alive at all,” Farid Tukhbatulin, a human rights activist from Turkmenistan, says.
A few days ago, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented his new song, which he wrote and performed with the help of the band consisting of his grandchildren.
According to experts, many leaders who are prone to authoritarianism or dictatorship demonstrate their talents with great pleasure.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev writes books
Vladimir Putin pilots a plane, does judo, sometimes sings and plays musical instruments.
The Belarusian leader goes in forr sports, playing the accordion and personally shows officials how to picks fruits and vegetables.
“Lukashenka has recently told his subordinates: „Tackle the problems! Do not monkey around the district pretending you are keeping an eye on everything. Go to a place where you are really needed.” It was a very interesting statement. I think the same can be recommended to the head of state. It is high time he stopped monkeying around the country and started doing what the president should do,” political analyst Uladzimir Matskevich stresses.
An old Chinese proverb says that a good emperor is the one whom people do not hear or see. Unfortunately, the peoples of several post-Soviet countries see and hear too much of their leaders.