Ministry for National Security (Turkmenistan)

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Ministry for National Security
Türkmenistanyň Milli howpsuzlyk ministrilgi
Agency overview
FormedSeptember 20, 1991
Preceding agency
JurisdictionPresident of Turkmenistan
Government of Turkmenistan
Headquarters2033 Magtymguly Street, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Employeesclassified
Annual budgetclassified
Minister responsible
Parent departmentCommittee for National Security

The Ministry for National Security or MNB (Turkmen: Türkmenistanyň Milli howpsuzlyk ministrilgi) is an intelligence agency for the government of Turkmenistan. It is composed largely of the remnants of KGB organs left over after the collapse of the Soviet Union; its functions remain largely the same as well. The MNB and the national police force are under the direction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs[1]

Until 2002 was known as the KNB (Committee for National Security).

List of Ministers of National Security[edit]

  • Dangatar Kopekov - (March 1991 - January 1992)
  • Allashukur Ovezdzhev - (January 1992 - May 1992)
  • Saparmurad Seyidov - (May 1992 - February 1997)
  • Mohammed Nazarov - (April 1997 - March 2002)
  • Poran Berdyev - (May 2002 - September 2002)
  • Batyr Busakov - (September 2002 - November 2003)
  • Annageldy Gummanov - (November 2003 - December 2004)
  • Geldimuhammed Ashirmuhammedov - (December 2004 - October 2007)
  • Charymurad Amanov - (October 2007 - March 29, 2011)
  • Yaylym Berdiyev - (March 29, 2011 - October 5, 2015)
  • Guychgeldi Khojabberdiyev - (October 5, 2015 - March 1, 2016)
  • Dovrangeldi Bayramov - (March 1, 2016 - June 14, 2018)
  • Yaylym Berdiyev - (June 14, 2018 - Present)

Human Rights Concerns[edit]

Amnesty International has claimed that the MNB has persecuted Turkmens for their religious beliefs, and that only members of the Russian Orthodox Church and Sunni Muslims are tolerated.[2] Human Rights Watch has asserted that the KNB has repeatedly imprisoned and harassed political opponents. Both organizations cite the use of torture by KNB agents.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curtis, Glen (1996-03-01). "Library of Congress Country Study: Turkmenistan". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  2. ^ "Fear for safety; torture/ill-treatment" (PDF). Open letter to gov't officials in Turkmenistan (Press release). Amnesty International. 2000-12-05. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  3. ^ "Human Rights Developments". Human Rights Watch. 1999. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-26.