Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov prepares for a meeting at the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace in Ashgabat, November 3, 2015.

He will reportedly pay every woman in the country for International Women's Day.

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In 1881, the last significant resistance in Turkmen territory was crushed at the Battle of Geok Tepe, and shortly thereafter Turkmenistan was annexed, together with adjoining Uzbek territory, into the Russian Empire.

Although the Russian Revolution of 1917 had little direct impact, in the 1920s Turkmen forces joined Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Uzbeks in the so-called Basmachi Rebellion against the rule of the newly formed Soviet Union.

Her parents are well educated, her mom being a doctor and her dad a composer. Um, he writes music for uh-uh symphony orchestras and, uh, I’m trying to make him write something for me, uh, since I’m playing piano. for seventy-five years, uh, most people speak Russian also.

The text used in our recordings of scripted speech can be found by clicking here. So he’s started working on a piano concerto right now for me. So, ummm, a lot of, ummm…I can say that everybody understands Russian in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan was ruled by President for Life Saparmurat Niyazov until his death in 2006.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was elected president in 2007. For example, the dark “L”s are the most noticeable thing. TRANSCRIBED BY: Lynn Baker DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/03/2008 A good deal of her speech has a strong Russian influence.In the 8th century AD, Turkic-speaking Oghuz tribes moved from Mongolia into present-day Central Asia.Part of a powerful confederation of tribes, these Oghuz formed the ethnic basis of the modern Turkmen population.The day is an official holiday in Turkmenistan, as it is in most former Soviet Republics.