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Official seal of Shopokov
Shopokov is located in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 42°50′24″N 74°18′36″E / 42.84000°N 74.31000°E / 42.84000; 74.31000Coordinates: 42°50′24″N 74°18′36″E / 42.84000°N 74.31000°E / 42.84000; 74.31000
RegionChuy Region
DistrictSokuluk District
 • Total8,749

Shopokov (Kyrgyz: Шопоков; Russian: Шопоков) is a town in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan. Its population was 8,749 in 2009.[1] Although geographically located within Sokuluk District of that region and being the de facto economic and cultural center of the district, Shopokov is administered separately from the district.[citation needed]

According to a report by the local authorities (undated, but published some time between 2003 and 2009), the town's population was 9,150.[2] Major ethnic groups were Russians (4906), Kyrgyz (2704), Ukrainians (752), and Germans (296).[2]


The predecessor of today's Shopokov City was an urban-type settlement named Krasnooktyabrsky (Краснооктябрьский, i.e. "Red October"), established in 1939 along with the construction of a sugar mill.[3] Shopokov was incorporated as a town (город) and received its present name on February 25, 1985.[2]

The town is named after Duyshenkul Shopokov, one of the 28 soldiers of Ivan Panfilov's Division who were reported to die heroically on November 16, 1941 while defending Moscow.[2]


After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the sugar mill has been privatized, and is still in operation.[3] Local industries also manufacture a variety of equipment for food-processing industry.[2]


  1. ^ "2009 population census of the Kyrgyz Republic: Chuy Region" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e Добро пожаловать в город Шопоков! (Welcome to Shopokov!) (in Russian)
  3. ^ a b DeYoung, Alan J.; Reeves, Madeleine; Valyayeva, Galina K. (2006), Surviving the transition?: case studies of schools and schooling in the Kyrgyz Republic since independence., IAP, pp. 31–32, ISBN 1-59311-512-1