I wonder what influence the early life of Saparmurat Niyazov had on his style of government he forced on the citizens of Turkmenistan? He had a traumatic childhood.
He was a very dictatorial leader. He mandated that all school children read his book,and made laws governing strange things -like no smoking, no long hair or beards for men. He insisted on naming streets, towns, and airports after himself.
It sounds to me like he had a narcissistic personality. He viewed himself as elevated above everyone else. He felt he had control over all others.
One rational policy he made was to provide water, gas, and electricity free of charge to all citizens.