During the Soviet era the capital of the Kirghiz SSR was Frunze. Frunze was known as “The City of Green Leaves” due to the fact that the city had more trees per resident than any other in the USSR. 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 are looking at a small folder of nine vintage postcard photos of Frunze in 1970. At that time the city’s population was around 430,000.
Monument to Lenin at the Polytechnical Institute
Monument to the Hero Members of the Young Communist League
Sculptor: V. Puzyrevski Architect: A. Korzhempo
M. V. Frunze Museum
Building of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kirgizia and the Council of Ministers of the Kirgizien SSR
Kirgizien State University
Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Kirghiz SSR
City Soviet of Working People’s Deputies
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