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"In Kyrgyz, a Bishkek is a churn used to make fermented mare's milk (kumis), the Kyrgyz national drink."

When in Bishkek I was frequently told that the name meant a "wooden spoon" (used for stirring the "koumys' - which transliteration is correct?) . I never heard of its being a container for making the drink in.SiGarb 16:29, 15 September 2005 (UTC)

The article "Central Asia Unveiled", which was published in the February 2002 issue of National Geographic Magazine, claims that Bishkek means "five knights", and that the name comes from a legend in which five knights fought over the area the city was built on. If there's any truth to this, we should at least mention it. Lexington1 (talk) 21:01, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Surprisingly, Frunze was renamed Bishkek in early 1991, prior to independence in August. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:50, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

More transliteration differences[edit]

Kyrgyz or Kirghiz? Both are used on this page, and one links to a wikipage Kirghiz SSR.

And while we're at it, "air base" (2 words) or "airbase" (1 word)? Both versions appeared in the Manas/Ganci section; I've rationalised to two words but does anyone feel strongly about this? & shouldn't Manas Air Base have initial capitals? SiGarb 12:49, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

"Kirghiz" is the Romanised version of the old Russian/Soviet spelling. "Kyrgyz" is the modern, Kyrgyz version. In Kyrgyz articles the latter spelling is appropriate. The former is only relevant when making a historical point, I think. As for "air base/airbase", no clue! I'd go with the former but I don't think it really matters too much either way as long as it's consistent. -- Hux 05:24, 9 November 2006 (UTC)


The stub sections on commerce, nightlife and shopping are rather grandiose exaggerations and, in my view, are not worth keeping in their present form. In fact, they are basically advertisement for a few enterprises. Cosal 23:29, 25 February 2006 (UTC).

Someone keeps deleting the Current Events section regarding the disappearance of a USAF Major.

Removed sentence detailing the exact makes of Bishkek passenger vans. No reference is given and in my opinion, is not 100% correct. Seems trivial. Streetcars do exist in Bishkek (I took one this morning along Gagarin - i.e. trams that are powered by overhead electric lines). Also removed detailed description of renaming of the US air base. While interesting, it seemed excessively detailed for an article on the history of the city.

Would be useful to cite reference for Dordoi being the primary employment. Perhaps true as it is a remarkable place. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:59, 5 July 2008 (UTC)


In Bishkek there are a Bukharan synagogue and an Ashkenazy synagogue. But how many Jews are living in Bischkek? Simon MAYER


We need to apply {{Infobox City}} Chris 21:36, 3 March 2007 (UTC)


hehe —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:41, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Bishkek/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

Rated Stub
  1. Cite sources for facts and use properly formatted references. WP:CITE, WP:FOOT, WP:CITET
  2. Implement an infobox such as {{Infobox City}}
  3. Find a GFDL Seal, Coat of Arms and/or flag for the city.
  4. Expand the article. 18:44, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

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