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BOOMING ALMATY

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A man begs for money while shoppers with bags from designer stores pass by under an overpass on the main pedestrain shopping street connecting the Soviet-era Tsum department store with the modern Silk Way City mall in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 4, 2006. While many people in the city have benefited greatly from the oil wealth, poverty is still evident throughout the city. Dean Cox for The New York Times
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A man begs for money while shoppers with bags from designer stores pass by under an overpass on the main pedestrain shopping street connecting the Soviet-era Tsum department store with the modern Silk Way City mall in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 4, 2006. While many people in the city have benefited greatly from the oil wealth, poverty is still evident throughout the city. Dean Cox for The New York Times