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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Video: A Visit to Soviet Frunze

During the Soviet era the capital of the Kirghiz SSR was Frunze. Frunze was named after the Bolshevik revolutionary leader Mikhail Frunze who was a close associate of Lenin and who died in 1925. Frunze had been born in the city when it was a sleepy Czarist outpost called Pishpek. Since the fall of the Soviet Union the city has been renamed Bishkek.

Here we doing a short visit to the city via nine vintage postcard photos of Frunze in 1970. At that time the city's population was around 430,000.

To see this as a non-video post visit: A Visit to Soviet Frunze, 1970 (



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