Since the fall of Soviet Union followed by the independence of the new republics in Central Asia, symbols of communism had been deliberately erased along with the wave of nationalism and awareness of being independent nations. The statues of Lenin in many cities were smacked down and replaced; the Russian-style street names were replaced with those of local heroes or local concepts. Kyrgyzstan was among the countries with strong Russian influence. The Lenin Street in Osh was politely moved to another street, and while not common, Toktogul still has Lenin statue, hidden behind bars in a lonely park.
Lenin di Balik Terali (Kirgizstan, 2006)
Sejak runtuhnya Uni Soviet dan merdekanya republik-republik baru di Asia Tengah, simbol-simbol komunisme dihapus dengan sengaja seiring dengan bangkitnya nasionalisme dan kesadaran sebagai negeri merdeka. Patung-patung Lenin dirobohkan, nama-nama jalan yang berbau Rusia diganti nama-nama lokal. Kirgizstan dan Kazakhstan adalah dua negara yang cukup kental pengaruh Rusianya. Jalan Lenin di Osh hanya dipindah lokasinya, dan patung Lenin di dusun Toktogul ini dipinggirkan ke balik terali di taman.
Agustinus is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. Agustinus started a “Grand Overland Journey” in 2005 from Beijing and dreamed to reach South Africa totally by land with an optimistic budget of US$2000. His journey has taken him across Himalaya, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and ex-Soviet Central Asian republics. He was stranded and stayed three years in Afghanistan until 2009. He is now a full-time writer and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Website | More Posts