Kyrgyz Communist Party supporters hold portraits of Lenin in a rally to mark the 98th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.
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On a recent morning a small group of pensioners gathered round a monument to Communist leader Vladimir Lenin in a far-flung corner of the bygone empire he helped found.Across the former USSR the fate of Lenin monuments has become a symbol of a region still struggling to define itself – and its relations with former imperial master Russia.Around Central Asia the process may have been less dramatic but the fate of Lenin has often echoed the paths the different nations have taken since becoming independent – with leaders seeking to impose their own personalities or emphasize a historic identity.The debate has often been nuanced and in Kyrgyzstan, an impoverished nation that borders China but remains close to Moscow, Lenin lingers on.Kyrgyzstan's main Lenin statue, once positioned on the main square in front of the national history museum, now occupies a slightly less prominent space behind it.
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