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Turkmenistan:

The UPI reports:

Turkmenistan President Saparmurat [for life] Niyazov has deemed recorded music a negative influence on society and banned it from public events, TV and weddings.

Niyazov has already banned opera and ballet from the former Soviet state, saying they were unnecessary, the BBC reported. . . .

He has also banned car radios, closed all hospitals except those in the capital and renamed calendar months after his relatives, the BBC said.

This account suggests that the calendar renaming plan is a bit more complex than that, but it still prompts a puzzle -- though the answer should be so obvious that it's really more a reminder than a puzzle: What other (and likely much more influential) month renaming plan does this echo?

Also, another question: Does the music ban cover Living Colour's Cult of Personality?

Thanks to Daniel Schmutter for the pointer.

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