The making of industrial Bishkek. Interhelpo.

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This walking tour will tell a story of how industrialization began in agrarian Kyrgyzstan and how Central Europeans came to Soviet Kyrgyzstan in the mid-1920s.

"Interhelpo" was formed as a cooperative in Czechoslovakia in 1923 with the aim of helping Kyrgyzstan to build socialist economy.

Interhelpo brings first industrial technology and farm machinery to Kyrgyzstan. Electricity first appears in Bishkek thanks to Interhelpo.

Just in a few years they built electric power station, textile factory, foundry, furniture factory, railroads, hospitals, schools and a few main government buildings. In 1925, Interhelpo was declared the best cooperative in the USSR.

On the walking tour, we will follow the footprints of Interhelpo, talk about the challenges of those times, successes and the fall of Interhelpo and explore related places that are unusual and still part of modern Bishkek.

The tour lasts for about 2 hours. Make sure you are dressed according to weather and have comfortable shoes on.

1000 som per person

The intersection of Intergel'po str. (Интергельпо) and Deng Xiaoping (continuation of Chui ave)
several blocks further west from Osh bazaar.


Health and safety come first. Therefore, let's follow precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during walks:
-Number of participants will be limited to 8;
-Respecting social distancing, wearing mask, using hand sanitizer, not touching face;

is compulsory. First 8 people who will register following this link will be invited to attend a tour. 

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