Soviet Union in Central Asia
June 01, 2022
Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers
By Colleen Wood
The seemingly benign commemoration of a Soviet-era youth organization speaks to bigger debates about Kyrgyzstan’s identity.
March 22, 2022
Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone
By Francisco Olmos
From Kunayev to Razzakov to Rashidov, Soviet-era Central Asian leaders continue to play an important role in constructing historical narratives 30 years after independence.
May 08, 2020
Kyrgyzstan’s Forgotten Role in World War II
By David Prentice
In total, around 365,000 Kyrgyz were mobilized by the Soviet Union to fight against Nazi Germany.
December 24, 2016
The Soviet Union’s Collapse and Russia’s Colonial Legacy
By Catherine Putz
The USSR’s collapse; don’t say ‘colony’; hope for an Uzbek glasnost; and more. Recommended reads.
February 08, 2016
The Weird Case of the Uzbek Language
By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Central Asia's history under the Soviet Union resulted in distorted nomenclature and language across the region.
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