Colorful Past

Stalin and Lenin in Khojand's Market Bazaar

The giant Lenin statue is gone and the crumbling, dimly lit Hotel Leninabad has embraced capitalism.  They open after dark – serving drinks and beats to locals until dawn.

The most attractive vision of the past is this colorful pediment containing both Stalin and Lenin on the side of Khujand’s Panjshande Bazaar. This facade is probably seen as too beautiful to destroy.

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