Alash Orda

by Nathan Hamm on 10/27/2004 · 5 comments

I am hopelessly fascinated with all of the short-lived state(let)s that popped up while the Whites and the Reds were fighting for control of Russia. There is precious little about them online though. So, does anyone know a good source for more information on the first one that has really caught my interest, Alash Orda, led by Alikhan Nurmukhamedovich Bukeykhanov?

In December 1917 at the congress of this party he was elected chairman of the newly organized Alash Orda government, established relations with Kolchak Siberia government, organized ammunition troops, conducted anti-Bolshevik propaganda. After the amnesty announcing by All-Union Central Executive Committee (ВЦИК) to former Alash Orda members (1919) he devoted him-self to publishing activity. In 1920 he was invited to the first Congress of KazSSR Soviets as an hon-ourable guest. In 1922 and 1926 he was accused of counter-revolutionary activity, but due to the lack of testimony he was set free. In 1937 he was again arrested for “counter-revolutionary activity” and on September 27 Military Board of the USSR Supreme Court sentenced Bukeykhanov to death. Reha-bilitated in 1989.

Their flag can be found here.

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Andy October 27, 2004 at 5:25 pm

I don’t know much about the statelets, sorry, but I did find a really cool article arguing that there are a lot of similarities between the US intervention in Russia and today’s humanitarian interventions:

Andy October 27, 2004 at 5:26 pm

Whoops, forgot the URL. Where’d the preview button go?

Nathan Hamm October 27, 2004 at 9:23 pm

Added one just for you Andy. Except, now you MUST preview before posting.

Nathan Hamm October 27, 2004 at 9:24 pm

And, that test frickin’ worked.

Andy October 28, 2004 at 6:46 am

Woohoo! I can see clearly now the rain has gone!

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