In Turkmenistan, the head of the air force (who is also a deputy defense minister) lost is jobs because of suspicion that he had some played some role in the recent attempt on the life of president Saparmurat Niyazov. Unfortunately, a lot of people would like to see Niyazov dead. The corruption and mismanagement in government since 1999, when Niyazov got himself elected "president-for-life", has created an ever larger opposition to the current government. Niyazov is a former communist party official who has turned Turkmenistan back into a police state.
The investigation into the assassination attempt has so far led to 700 arrests and the exile of another 2,000 people to a remote patch of desert.