.Because they are paid in rubles rather than the local currency,Russian border guards in Turkmenistan are among that country’swealthiest people, Strazh otchizny (no. 17) reported. Themilitary paper noted that the guards also had many problems, someof them flowing from the fact that the Russian guards have totake orders from both Turkmen and Russian officers. And the papercomplained that Moscow is paying for this "while Turkmenia(sic) buys weapons and equipment."
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