This modern stadium was built in 2009 and has space for 25,000 spectators. It is in fact so modern that I was not allowed in–not that there was anyone around of course, the large padlock on the gate told me not to snoop. That and the imposing Lenin Statue standing sentry across the street. It was once Central Asia’s largest monument to Lenin, but it was torn down nine months after I visited. For more, please see Radio Free Europe’s Piece: http://www.rferl.org/content/lenin_statue_removed_from_center_of_tajikstans_second_city/24210988.html

Oh, the memories.

A view of the stadium from Lenin’s side of the street:

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Unsure as to what sport this is. Definitely not football:

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A sentinel-like Lenin:

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