Red Sticks (Central Asia)

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The Red Sticks were paramilitary organisation in Central Asia, formed by the Soviets to combat the basmachi rebels.

The historian John Kunitz quotes a contemporary account[when?]: "There are, we are told, sixty thousand Red Sticks in Tadjikistan. Most of them have no firearms, but they carry heavy cudgels, knives, and other weapons when they go out into the hills in search of the Basmachi."[1]


  1. ^ Joshua Kunitz. Dawn Over Samarkand: The Rebirth of Central Asia. READ BOOKS, 2008. ISBN 1-4086-5816-X, 9781408658161. Pg 253