The Caspian Sea by Chloe Dewe Mathews

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An Uzbek migrant worker pastes plaster into the cracks of a mausoleum. When the Koshkar-Ata cemetery was first established mausoleums were reserved for local saints, a status that was obtained through wisdom and benevolence, through contributions to the wellbeing of the community. Today's saints, honoured with these splendid tombs are the local oil barons. These grave builders work from dawn til dusk, sleeping on site for months at a time.