Shopokov

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Shopokov
Шопоков
Official seal of Shopokov
Seal
Shopokov is located in Kyrgyzstan
Shopokov
Shopokov
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
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Chuy Region
District Sokuluk District
Population (2009)
 • Total 8,749

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]

History[edit]

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]

Economy[edit]

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]

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