Tajikistan Spending $100m on a Theater, but Where Are the Theatergoers?

Once the world’s tallest flagpole, this prestige project – that officials say was designed to please the president – was recently surpassed by one erected in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: David Trilling)

Tajikistan is a donor-dependent state, but that does not stop President Emomali Rahmon’s administration from undertaking extravagant building projects. The latest case of grandiosity involves the construction of what the president’s website boasts will be Central Asia’s largest theater.

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David Trilling contributed reporting.

Tajikistan Spending $100m on a Theater, but Where Are the Theatergoers?

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