** FILE ** Following the lead of his predecessor, Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, made sure in 2007 that his countrymen knew who he was, with portraits springing up everywhere, such as this one next to a fountain in the capital, Ashgabat. (Joshua Kucera/The Washington Times)

** FILE ** Following the lead of his predecessor, Turkmenistan's new president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, made sure in 2007 that his countrymen knew who he was, with portraits springing up everywhere, such as this one next to a fountain in the capital, Ashgabat. (Joshua Kucera/The Washington Times)