Stalin is out, Genghis Khan is in as Mongolia reclaims past

After spending centuries under the thumb of China and seven decades as an atheistic Soviet satellite, Mongolia became a democratic state in 1990. In the quarter-century since, the nation has been on a mission to reclaim and redefine its identity and re-evaluate its history. Perhaps nowhere is this quest more evident than in the flurry of statue building – and tearing-down – that has erupted in recent years. Buddhas, the Beatles and Genghis Khan are in. Stalin and Lenin are most definitely out.

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