Kyrgyzstan: History

  1. 1685

    The Kyrgyz people settle into present day Kyrgyzstan, which is ruled at the time by the Oirats Mongols.

  2. 1758

    Chinese Manchus defeat the Oirats, and the Kyrgyz become subjects of the Chinese Empire.

  3. 1876

    Russian forces take over and integrate Kyrgyzstan into the Russian Empire.

  4. 1936

    The Kirgiz Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), also known as Kirgizia, becomes a constituent republic within USSR.

  5. 1991

    Kyrgyzstan gains independence and joins the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  6. 1992

    Kyrgyzstan joins the United Nations as well as what is now the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

  7. 1993

    The Russian Rouble is replaced by the Som as unit of currency. The official name of the country becomes the Kyrgyz Republic.


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