'''[[File:Niyazov.jpg|thumb]]Saparmurat Niyazov''' (February 19th, 1940 – December 21st, 2006) was a Turkmen politician who served as leader of Turkmenistan from 1985 until his death in 2006. He was criticized for being one of the world's most totalitarian and repressive dictators, highlighting his reputation of imposing his personal eccentricities upon the country, which extended to renaming months for details of his own biography among other things.

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