Abadan, Turkmenistan

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Coordinates: 38°03′06″N 58°12′36″E / 38.05167°N 58.21000°E / 38.05167; 58.21000

Abadan
Бюзмейн
Abadan is located in Turkmenistan
Abadan
Abadan
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 38°03′06″N 58°12′36″E / 38.05167°N 58.21000°E / 38.05167; 58.21000
Country Flag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan
Province Ahal Province
Population
 • Total 50,000 (approximate)

Abadan is a district of Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Formerly a separate town in Ahal Province, in 2013 it was incorporated into Ashgabat as part of a program that expanded the capital's area by about 15%.[1][2] It was founded in 1963 and bore the name Büzmeýin (Russian: Бюзмейн) until October 2002, when its name was changed by Turkmenistan's president Saparmurat Niyazov.[3] The traditional Russian name of the town is Bezmein (Безмейн). The town's current mayor, Orazmyrat Garajaýew, was one of the approved candidates for the 2007 presidential election. There are about 50,000 people living in Abadan. There is a power plant where Saparmurat Niyazov, former president of Turkmenistan, used to work.

Transport[edit]

The town is served by a station on the national railway system.

2011 arms depot explosion[edit]

On 7 July 2011, beginning around 16:45 local time, massive blasts occurred in Abadan. According to government officials, they occurred at a fireworks warehouse, killing 2 military men and 13 civilians.[4][5] Opposition groups, however, claim it was in fact a Soviet-era arms depot that caused the explosions, with a death toll above 1,300 people.[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashgabat to expand its borders". Chronicles of Turkmenistan. 2013-06-28. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Ашхабад прирос новыми территориями". TURKMENISTAN: The Golden age (in Russian). Government of Turkmenistan. 2013-05-27. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 10 May 2016. ...Меджлис Туркменистана постановил: Земли территории города Абадан (...) включить в пределы территории земель города Ашхабада, исключив эти земли из состава территории Ахалского велаята. (The Assembly of Turkmenistan has decided: to include the grounds of the city of Abadan (...) into an area of the city of Ashgabat while excluding those grounds from the territory of Ahal Province.) 
  3. ^ Turkmenistan Daily Digest Archived July 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/118748/turkmenistan-says-fireworks-blast-killed-15-opposition-says-hundreds-dead.html
  5. ^ Mysterious Turkmen Blast Site Blocked Off
  6. ^ http://www.eurasianet.org/node/63870
  7. ^ Amateur video of the explosion scene on YouTube