Say it ain’t so! Lenin

by Nathan Hamm on 8/28/2003

Say it ain’t so!
Lenin is finally coming down
in Bishkek. Officials say they will move him to mollify Kyrgyz
communists, but it’ll never be the same. There’s nothing quite like
standing at the entrance of the Kyrgyz State History Museum and looking
across the square at V.I. Lenin, who, from behind, looks like he’s
flashing passing automobiles.
Keeping these commie monuments up was what made the Kyrgyz my favorite
Central Asians. They were cool with their past, saw it as progress over
what life was like before. This is why Russians who live there stay and
a lot from Uzbekistan have ended up there. It’s a lot more laid back –
“the people here aren’t fanatics” in the words of a taxi driver I had.
I’ll really be upset if they remove floor two of the museum – almost
entirely devoted to Lenin.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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