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Read My Words, Go to Heaven, Leader Says

March 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Turkmenistan's autocratic leader told his nation's youth to read his book three times a day in order to go to heaven, Turkmen television reported.

President Saparmurad A. Niyazov said at a concert to celebrate a national spring holiday that young people should read the Ruhnama, a book that dispenses moral and spiritual guidelines for the country's citizens. "A person that reads Ruhnama becomes smart ... and after it, he will go straight to heaven," Niyazov said.

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