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Turkmenistan Leader Unveils Giant Gold Statue Of Favourite Dog

Turkmenistan Leader Unveils Giant Gold Statue Of Favourite Dog

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has unveiled a huge gold statue dedicated to his favourite dog breed.

The six-metre gold leaf statue of the Alabai dog is situated in the capital city of Ashgabat where it is sat atop a plinth which has a wraparound LED display showing footage of the dogs.

I mean, this really is what dogs deserve, to be honest.

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Berdymukhamedov, a former dentist, is so enamoured with the breed that he's even written a book about them.

In the book he writes that the Turkmen's ancestors had seen their dreams in horses, but their happiness in Alabai.

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He also wrote a poem about the pooches, which he read out to his government, in which he said the dogs were 'a symbol of achievement and victory'.

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Horses needn't feel too hard done by, though. Last year Berdymukhamedov wrote a rap dedicated to his equine friends, according to the BBC. I bet that's a cracker of a track.

The statue was unveiled earlier this week in a special ceremony with music and dancing, all watched over by Berdymukhamedo.

Government newsreel footage from the event showed thousands of balloons being released into the sky, while a resident from the city was presented with an Alabai puppy.

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State propaganda said the new statue managed to capture the 'dignity and self-assuredness' of the breed.

Although the breed is a clear favourite with Berdymukhamedo - the dog actually has a lot of national significance.

Historian Victoria Clement, author of the book Learning to Become Turkmen, said the breed is a source of national pride.

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She told France 24: "It assists the state in solidifying the idea of the territory of Turkmenistan as firmly Turkmen."

This isn't the first over-the-top statue Berdymukhamedov has commissioned - back in 2015, he unveiled a gold statue of himself in the capital riding a horse atop a cliff of white marble. Low-key.

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But don't be fooled by the fun statues; the secretive country has been named as one of the most oppressive nations in the world.

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Freedom House lists Turkmenistan as the fourth least-free country in the world, behind only South Sudan, Eritrea and Syria.

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