The humble tractor tells a story of Tajikistan's relationship with the Soviet Union over the years
Tractors tell a story in Tajikistan. The first tractors for agriculture were provided to Tajikistan by Moscow in 1932, when the central Asian country was still part of the Soviet Union.
That tractor was the U-1, which was shorthand for 'Universal-1'. The next model, provided by factories in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, was the U-2.
These days, aluminium rather than agriculture is Tajikistan's primary industry, but the country still has many monuments to the Soviet machines that were important earlier in the 20th century.
This statue of the U-1 is in Vahdat district, an area 14km from the capital Dushanbe.
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