Since the fall of Soviet Union and the independence of the new republics in Central Asia, the symbols of communism in many Central Asian countries had been deliberately erased along with the wave of nationalism as independent nations. The statues of Lenin in many cities were smacked down and replaced; while the Russian-style street names were replaced with those of local heroes. In Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, this Lenin statue was removed from the main town park and soon to be diminished, now is hidden at a corner of the lonely park.

Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, 2006

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