Travel to Uzbekistan: Russian Tashkent
The parallel between Russians in Central Asia and Americans in the West isn't quite right, but certainly the Russians moved into their East with their own brand of faith in manifest destiny.
An early outlier: a Russian Orthodox church built in 1872. It's now Tashkent's Assumption Cathedral, because the structure built to be the cathedral was demolished by the Soviets in the 1930s.
Closer to the city center, this almost humble palace was built in 1890 for a wayward Romanov, Grand Duke N.K. Romanov (1850-1917). It was designed by Alexis Benois, who also designed the never-occupied czar's palace near Bukhara. In the 1970s, the building had become the Lenin Palace of Young Pioneers and School Children; it's now occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The rear side.
There's an old Russian city park nearby. Originally it had a statue of General and Governor Konstantin Kaufmann. A figure of Stalin replaced him, but it was in turn replaced by one of Marx, which in 1993 was replaced by one of Tamerlane.
At the park's edge: a clocktower, symbol of Western progress.
The Alisher Navoi Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet (1947). It was built by Japanese prisoners of war.
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