Turkmenistan’s Narcissistic President Shows Off Combat Skills

Aug 08, 2017 at 1:55 PM ET

Meet Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, the president of Turkmenistan who just released a video on state TV showing off his supposed combat skills.

Since his election in 2006, Berdymukhammedov, who was previously a dentist, has created a cult of personality by presenting himself as a God-like emperor of his country.

He is widely considered to be a narcissistic dictator of one of the world’s most isolated countries.

And since Turkmenistan does not have any free media, he controls his own image. This version of him is what he wants you to see.