During WWII the Germans took hundreds of thousands if not millions of color photos on Agfa Color film. Now these photos are slowly digitized and appear in the Internet. Such photos are often of bad quality but they still arouse
interest and make us feel the tragic reality of that time. These photos belong to some Robert Bothner and despite the bad quality it's interesting to see them anyway. On the photo above - occupied Smolensk.
North of Tajikistan is occupied by the Sogdian region named after the ancient capital Sogdiana. Nowadays its territory is shared between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The population is also combined, people can speak at least 3 languages: Tajik, Uzbek and Russian.
However young people are worse at Russian than the "Soviet generation". Near Khudjand there is a so-called "Tajik Sea" - Kairakkum reservoir. For the locals it really substitutes a sea. People from all over Tajikistan come here to rest.