Turkmenistan Leader Filmed Doing Donuts Around A Flaming Crater To Dispel Death Rumors

On the back of speculation that the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, had died, a television program of the leader has been published by state media.

The Vladimir Putin-esque video shows Berdymukhamedov riding on the back of a horse, cycling, bowling, hitting the gym, and even singing and producing music in a studio. Things get lively at the 16-minute mark in the video below as Berdymukhamedov dons a race suit and goes off-roading in a pickup truck converted for rally driving.

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The vehicle doesn’t appear particularly fast but the president does briefly play with fire (literally) as he closely circles the ‘Gates of Hell,’ a natural gas field that collapsed into an underground cavern in the heart of the country. Geologists set the field on fire back in 1971 to prevent the spread of methane gas and it is thought to have been burning continuously from that moment on. It is approximately 200 feet wide and 66 feet deep.

Like so many other dictators around the world, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov likes to portray himself as a fearless adventurer and that’s clearly what he is trying to do with this bizarre video. He could do with a few driving courses, however, as his donut abilities don’t appear overly impressive. Evidently, he shouldn’t change professions and become a rally driver.

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has been running Turkmenistan, once part of the Soviet Union, since 2006 following the death of his equally-as-authoritarian predecessor.


  • Ben

    A true leader!

  • Belthronding

    was this guy to set a new strict law that allows people to get ONLY white new cars all over the country?

    • Belthronding

      damn that is racist lol

  • robotlogic

    He should of jumped over it, now that would be impressive!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You should have used ‘have’ instead of ‘of’. That would be impressive 🙂 🙂

  • TheBelltower

    Sooooo… he was doing laps around a big fenced hole. Manly

  • Mr. EP9

    Oh, so this is the guy that banned all black vehicles from his country’s capital.

  • Six_Tymes

    hate hate hate hate, you are sick… get help

    • Stephen G

      What do you mean by sick? Like racist sick, cheating on your wives sick, treating women like second class citizens sick, cheating on your taxes sick, just lying every time I talk sick, treating everybody like crap because I’m better than them sick, blocking my profile so nobody know who I am sick or I’ll do anything to personally enrich myself no matter who suffers sick?

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Tell ’em Stephen!

      • robotlogic

        So you are talking about Bill and Hillary Clinton correct?

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  • SteersUright

    If these types of thoroughly un-evolved, caveman antics work to appease a population, I have to wonder about the general level of intelligence, education, etc of that population.
    Instead of showing off your ridiculous, feigned testoserone levels, why don’t more world leaders flaunt their education, positions on technology, development, quality of life of their populace, etc?

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