He had earlier survived an assassination attempt.
Guess which one is Marie.
Ha ha, fooled you - she's not there, of course ;-) lol etc
...[snap back to Reality]... I never cease to wonder at the brazen affrontery of the human ego. Niyazov had prepared a gold-domed mosque/mausoleum for himself at a cost of GB₤50 million (=AU$125 million). The walls are decorated with gigantic quotations from the Ruhnama, or 'Book of the Spirit', which the president wrote and expected all his citizens to read instead of the Bible or the Koran. He claimed that paradise awaited anyone who read it three times; he re-named September as Ruhnama.
...[fade to Dream again]... Aw, that’s nothin! FunkyPix2 has already outdone Mr Niyazov by creating this 50¢ website which improves the quality of life for BILLIONS of oppressed netizens. Nyah nyah, Mr Dictator, you puny weasel. And I’m allowed to wear facial hair because I’m God - but you may call me Peter. Time Magazine has already named me "Person of the Year". So there.
Read more about the excesses and also the repressive dark side of this oddball self-proclaimed god-king here in this article from Guardian Unlimited. However, it could matter a lot more than meets the eye, given that Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are neighbours.