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İvanovka is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 48°01′59″E / 40.74722°N 48.03306°E / 40.74722; 48.03306Coordinates: 40°44′50″N 48°01′59″E / 40.74722°N 48.03306°E / 40.74722; 48.03306
Country Azerbaijan
Population [citation needed]
 • Total3,303
Time zoneUTC+4 (AZT)

İvanovka (Russian: Ивановка) is a village and municipality in the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan. It is at a height of 848 m above sea level, 13 km far from Ismailli region. The municipality consists of the villages of İvanovka and Külüllü.[1]

This is the last village in Azerbaijan with a significant population belonging to the Russian ethnic religious community of Molokans.[2] This is the last place in the world where Kolkhoz (collective farms) from Soviet times are preserved.[3][4]


The village was founded in 1834 by Russian peasants, predominantly Molokans from central Russia, that had been resettled in the Caucasus by Tsar Nicholas I in the years following following the Treaty of Turkmenchay at the end of the Russo-Persian War (1826–1828). Further Russian peasants migrated to the area over time. These were mostly Molokans and some Doukhobors, coming from the cities of Tambov, Voronezh, Rostov and Stavropol. In 1840, the village was named İvanovka, after the founder – Ivan Perschi.


The first Russian houses in this area were built in 1834. Molokan families came to this area to follow their own form of Spiritual Christianity and to maintain their religion.[5]

The local people who were deported from Russia speak Azerbaijani, while Russian remains their mother tongue. Their most famous meal is called Lapsha – a type of pasta noodles. Lapsha is eaten at every local activity, including at wedding and on holidays. The majority of the songs of the Ivanovka Russian group are dedicated to the beauty of nature of this village.

There are some new buildings: a school, library, hospital, kindergarten, maternity home, electronic telephone/internet system (ATS), etc.

House of Prayer[edit]

There is no church in the village. But there is a prayer house where people go to pray together. This house is not open to tourists, and it is forbidden for it to be photographed.


The population is 2720. This is composed of ~61.7% Russians, 22.3% Lezgins, and 0.7 % people belonging to other ethnic groups (Ukrainians, Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Tatars, Jews).


Agriculture accounts for the main business of the population, and the local Kolkhoz is still in good use. The crops that are cultivated are mostly grapes, wheat, sunflowers, and peas. Livestock are also reared (beef-breeding, pig-breeding, poultry), and cheese is produced for the local market.

There are some parks, workshops, and factories (e.g. a Tiling factory) .

See also[edit]





External links[edit]

Ivanovka.net (ru)


  1. ^ "Belediyye Informasiya Sistemi" (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on September 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Article
  3. ^ "Traveller's diary: Ivanovka". euronews. 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  4. ^ "Последний колхоз". strana.lenta.ru. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Ivanovka Ismayilli Stock Photos & Ivanovka Ismayilli Stock Images - Alamy". www.alamy.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.