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A republic in central Asia that lies between the Caspian Sea and Afghanistan; population 5,400,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Ashgabat; languages, Turkoman (official) and Russian. Also called Turkmenia.
Turkmenistan is dominated by the Karakum Desert, which occupies about 90 percent of the country. Previously part of Turkestan, from 1924 it formed a separate constituent republic of the former Soviet Union; Turkmenistan became an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1991
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