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Uzbek SSR

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Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
Ўзбекистон Совет Социалистик Республикаси
O'zbekiston Sovet Sotsialistik Respublikasi



Flag Emblem
Butun dunyo proletarlari, birlashingiz!
Бутун дунё пролетарлари, бирлашингиз!
"Workers of the world, unite!"
Anthem of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
Location of the Uzbek SSR within the Soviet Union.
Capital Samarkand
Languages Uzbek, Russian
Government Soviet Socialist Republic
 -  Established 27 October 1924
 -  Disestablished 25 December 1991
 -  1989 447,400 km² (172,742 sq mi)
 -  1989 est. 19,906,000 
     Density 44.5 /km²  (115.2 /sq mi)
Calling code +7 36/37/436

The Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (Uzbek: Ўзбекистон Совет Социалистик Республикаси, O'zbekiston Sovet Sotsialistik Respublikasi; Russian: Узбекская Советская Социалистическая Республика, Uzbekskaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika), also known as the Uzbek SSR, was one of the republics of the Soviet Union. It was created in 1924. In December 1991, it became independent as the Republic of Uzbekistan.


In 1925, the borders of political units in Central Asia were changed along ethnic lines determined by Vladimir Lenin’s Commissar for Nationalities, Joseph Stalin. The Turkestan ASSR, the Bukharan People's Republic, and the Khorezm People's Republic were abolished and their territories were divided into eventually five separate Soviet Socialist Republics, one of which was the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (Uzbek SSR), created on 27 October 1924. The next year the Uzbek SSR became one of the republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union).

The Uzbek SSR included the Tajik ASSR until 1929, when the Tajik ASSR was upgraded to an equal status. In 1930, the Uzbek SSR capital was relocated from Samarkand to Tashkent. In 1936, the Uzbek SSR was enlarged with the addition of the Karakalpak ASSR taken from the Kazakh SSR in the last stages of the national delimitation in the Soviet Union. Further bits and pieces of territory were transferred several times between the Kazakh SSR and the Uzbek SSR after World War II.

In 1928, the collectivization of land into state farms was initiated, which lasted until the late 1930s.

In 1937–38, during the Great Purge, a number of alleged nationalists were executed, including Faizullah Khojaev, the first prime minister.

During World War II, many industries were relocated to the Uzbek SSR from vulnerable locations in western regions of the USSR to keep them safe. Large numbers of Russians, Ukrainians and other nationalities accompanied the factories, altering the demographics of the republic. The demographics situation was further aggravated by Stalin’s relocation of some ethnic groups suspected of collaboration with the Axis powers from other parts of the USSR to the Uzbek SSR. This included large numbers of ethnic Koreans, Crimean Tatars, and Chechens.

During the Soviet period, Islam became a focal point for the antireligious drives of Communist authorities. The government closed most mosques, and religious schools became anti-religious museums.

Another major development, one with future catastrophic impact, was the drive initiated in the early 1960s to substantially increase cotton production in the republic. This drive led to overzealous irrigation withdrawals of irrigation water from the Amu Darya and the subsequent Aral Sea ecological disaster.

The Communist Party was the only legal party in the Uzbek SSR until 1990. The first secretary, or head, of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan was consistently an Uzbek. Long-time leader of the Uzbek SSR was Sharof Rashidov, head of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan from 1959 to 1983. Islam Karimov, leader of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan since 1989 and subsequently head of that party's reincarnation, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), became president of the Uzbek SSR in 1990.

On 1 September 1991, the Uzbek SSR was renamed Republic of Uzbekistan, formally remaining a part of the Soviet Union until 26 December 1991. With the final collapse of the Soviet Union, the Uzbek SSR became the independent nation of Uzbekistan. Karimov has been its President ever since.


List of changes


  • Khorezm Okrug (cap: Khiva)
  • Kanimekh Raion (cap.: Kanimekh)
  • Bukhara
  • Zeravshan Okrug (cap: Kermine)
  • Kashka-Darin Okrug (cap: Bek-Budi)
  • Samarkand
  • Surkhan-Darshin Okrug (cap: Shirabad)
  • Tashkent
  • Khotshent
  • Fergan Okrug (capital: Kokand)
  • Andizhan
  • Tajik ASSR


Constitution of the USSR:

ARTICLE 26. The Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic consists of the Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Ferghana, and Khorezm Regions, and the Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.




  • Karakalpak ASSR
  • Khorezm Oblast
  • Bukhara Oblast
  • Samarkand Oblast
  • Kashkadar Oblast
  • Surkhadar Oblast
  • Dzhizak Oblast
  • Syrdar Oblast
  • Tashkent Oblast
  • Andizhan Oblast
  • Namangan Oblast
  • Fergana Oblast


Further information: Subdivisions of Uzbekistan


  1. Uzbekistan Regions.
  2. Syr Darya Oblast definition of Syr Darya Oblast in the Free Online Encyclopedia.
  3. Uzbekistan Regions.
  4. Uzbekistan Regions.
  5. 1936 Constitution of the USSR, Part I.

External links

  • by Afif Alimov

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