Relics of the Soviet era ... Print comment Vladimir Ilich Lenin, 1870 - 1924. The red star with hammer and sickle continues to stand atop the tower of a factory, which was closed down in 2003. This statue of Lenin dominated Bishkek's main square until the end of October 2003. It has now been moved to a less important site. These gigantic cereal silos in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan, have been left to rot. Distinguishing between what has decayed in recent years and what was never finished can be difficult. A red flag with hammer and sickle and a quote by Lenin is stashed in the back room of a photographer's studio in Bishkek.