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Archive of Blog: February 2016

The history of Bishkek city
Published: 11 february 2016

When you are flying to Bishkek you can notice that airport code is FRU. Nor Bishkek nor Manas airport don’t have even these letters. Why? The answer to this question we can find in local history. Bishkek wasn’t always Bishkek. At first the city called Pishkek (during Kokand Khanate reign) but in 1926 was called Frunze after the Red Army General Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze. Mysteries about the city name “Bishkek” But later, in 1991 the city was named to Bishkek. There’re a lot of legends about the origins of this name. Local people tell that “bishkek” is a wooden stick used to stir the national drink Kumys (fermented mare’s milk). The legend tells that one woman forgot her "bishkek" when her crew packed up and moved from their camp by the Alamedin river. As soon as she realized - people went back to search for it - but they coul...

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