If you want to get a feeling for what the collapse of the Soviet Union did for the elderly of the region, spare a moment to stare deep into the faces of these protesters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Gadling reader Teokaye did not post this photo with his other selections on our Gadling Flickr Pool, but I was intrigued with the Kyrgyzstan tag on his Flickr account and came across this fine portrait of hard times etched upon hardened faces.
Although the photo has no description, I’m guessing that they are protesting their paltry pensions. And, I’m guessing they probably didn’t get very far with their quest. By the way, can you spot the politician?