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Kyrgyzstan, officially called the Kyrgyz Republic, is one of six independent Turkic states and has as its capital the city of Bishkek. The word "kyrgyz" means "unconquerable." It was absorbed into the USSR during the Bolshevic Revolution, and it became a full republic of the Soviet Union in 1936, when it became known as the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared its independence in 1991.



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