President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov had just crossed the finish line in first place on his horse “Mighty” after a kilometre long race when, BAM, his horse stumbled and sent him into an impressive face plant. Video was recorded and uploaded to the Internet but as soon as it started to take off and go viral, the Internet was basically shut down in Turkmenistan to avoid it spreading.
Lucky for you, dear reader, you’re not in Turkmenistan and you can watch the crap out of it right here:
The Daily Dot who gets the hat tip for this story had this to say as well about the situation.
The Turkmenistan media has put word of Berdymukhamedov’s stumble on lockdown, allowing no mention of it in official newspapers and stopping television footage right after he crosses the finish line. Opposition news site Gunmdogar has reported that officials at the race tried to confiscate all electronics from participants.
The only thing the Daily Dot doesn’t mention though, is how absolutely fishy it is that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov just happened to win the race and the $11million that went with it. Makes ya think huh?
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