The Museum of Iskhac Razzakov

On 20 December 2005, the 95th anniversary of the birth of Iskhae Razzakov, a museum opened in 90 Chuykova Street, the house where he lived from 1950 to 1961. The exhibition gives a comprehensive overview of this unusual person from his early childhood to his final days.

Early last century a boy, Iskhac, was born, destined to become I.Razzakov, public official of Kyrgyzstan. After the death of his parents in 1919 he went to Hojekent children’s home where, due to a clerical error, his name became Iskah. He graduated from the Stalin Pedagogical Technical School in Tashkent then worked in the party organizations of Uzbekistan until 1945. He progressed from group head to chairman of the State Planning Committee of the Uzbek SSR and Secretary of the Central Committee of the CP Uzbekistan.

On 10 November 1945 Razzakov was made Chairman of National Commissars of Kyrgyzstan, and on 28 July 1950 Head Secretary of the Central Committee of the CP Kyrgyzstan. Thus began the most productive period in the life of Razzakov and Kyrgyzstan.

Razzakov’s name is closely associated with the construction of the Kant-Chuysk railway, the Ortotokoyskoe reservoir, the Great Chuysk Canal and many other projects. He also made a huge contribution to the cultural development of Kyrgyzstan. During his time the Academy of Sciences and other institutes were founded and the magnificent building of the Kyrgyzstan State Theater of Opera and Ballet was built.

In the museum there are photos, documents, references, deputy cards, badges, orders of Lenin, October Revolution, the Red Star Medal of Honor. The original interior was recreated in a study. In the hall are a restored 1913 piano, a family photo of Razzakov and Ayvazovski’s famous picture, Highest Wave.

The museum organizes traveling exhibitions on Razzakov’s life and work and the history of Kyrgyzstan and holds evening meetings for the Razzakov faithful.

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