25 Biggest Cities of the Soviet Union

Can you name the 25 most populous cities in the Soviet Union in 1989?
Quiz by wasserwand
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedSeptember 19, 2015
Times taken37,540
Average score48.0%
Rating4.93
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Population
City
8,967,332
Moscow
5,023,500
Leningrad
(St. Petersburg)
2,587,945
Kiev
2,079,000
Tashkent
1,607,000
Minsk
1,593,970
Kharkov
(Kharkiv)
1,438,133
Gorky
(Nizhny Novgorod)
1,436,516
Novosibirsk
1,364,621
Sverdlovsk
(Yekaterinburg)
Population
City
1,259,692
Tbilisi
1,254,460
Kuybyshev
(Samara)
1,178,000
Dnipropetrovsk
(Dnipro)
1,150,055
Baku
1,148,418
Omsk
1,141,777
Chelyabinsk
1,115,371
Odessa
1,109,100
Donetsk
Population
City
1,100,372
Yerevan
1,094,378
Kazan
1,090,944
Perm
1,082,052
Ufa
1,071,900
Alma-Ata
(Almaty)
1,022,578
Volgograd
1,019,305
Rostov-on-Don
915,106
Riga
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2016
Cool idea.
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Level 74
Sep 6, 2016
Thanks :)
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Level 75
Sep 18, 2019
that's "cool idea, Comrade" to you
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Level 71
Sep 19, 2019
Don't you mean хорошая идея, товарищ
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Level 66
Jun 16, 2020
"cool idea" to Us
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Level 77
May 8, 2018
Accept Stalingrad for Volgograd?
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Level 74
Sep 23, 2018
The cities' current names and names in 1989 are accepted. Volgograd was named Stalingrad between 1925 and 1961 and it was named Zarizyn before that.
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Level 65
Oct 20, 2019
JetPunk in general has a habit of accepting all labels provided that their reference is correct, within reason. I think the standard would be to accept Stalingrad since a number of people might think of it that way and it's clearly referring to the right place (even with a slightly anachronistic label). I tried Stalingrad first and, though I knew it was now Volgagrad, didn't try that since I assumed Stalingrad would have triggered it in a JetPunk quiz. Just a thought.
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Level 80
Nov 22, 2019
Zarizyn is the German name at the time
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Level 61
Aug 11, 2018
Interesting changes: Leningrad - St Petersburg, Kuybyshev - Samara, Gorky - Nizhny Novogrod, Sverdlovsk - Yekaterinburg and Alma Ata - Almaty.
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Level 73
Mar 2, 2022
I was passing through Keene, New York (pop. app. 1,000) in 2013 and stopped at the library, which I was interested to see was built the year before Maxim Gorky wrote his most famous novel (Mother) while in Keene. I doubt he wrote any portion of it in the library, but still, I asked the librarian if there was anything there commemorating Gorky's time there. She asked if I had checked the shelves under "G."
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Level 83
Sep 19, 2019
Cool quiz. Missed four. One in Ukraine, one in Tatarstan, and two in Siberia.
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Level 75
Sep 19, 2019
Great one!
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Level 37
Sep 23, 2019
Very nice quiz! Did not figure out 1 :(
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
not even moscow?
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Level 43
Mar 5, 2022
Reread the sentence.
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Level 41
Oct 20, 2019
Bald and Bankrupt would like to know your location...
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Level 81
Feb 16, 2020
He helps a lot with the geography of this region.
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Level 36
Oct 20, 2019
Accept 'Dnepopetrovsk' for 'Dnipopetrovsk'? (As in the Russian spelling)
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2019
Okay. But I'd type Dnipro personally.
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Level 81
Feb 16, 2020
Fun quiz. Much easier than trying to get a similar number of Russian cities. The other SSRs add a few more globally well known cities to the list.
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
got 9, still below average (12) but I am pretty proud of that :) recognised 5 more, but realistically could have only gotten 2 of those myself.
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Level 87
Mar 21, 2020
8 of these became capitals of independent countries within a few years.
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Level 70
Apr 29, 2020
lol I legit forgot to put Moscow and clicked give up when I thought I put all the ones I know. Should've double checked...
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Level 55
Dec 3, 2020
Maybe you could put a column next to each city for which SSR it comes from? I think it would be pretty cool considering you would expect it to all be in the RSSR, but some of the largest cities were in Ukraine, Belarus, etc.
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Level 53
Jul 21, 2021
Firs try. Easy. Get ot of here.
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Level 39
Nov 19, 2021
21/25
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Level 55
Dec 22, 2021
Novosibirsk is officially the hardest word for me to spell, as I spent like 1 minute trying to spell it and never got it
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Level 43
Mar 1, 2022
Not as hard as Nizhny Novgorod lol although that's mainly just remembering lol
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Level 56
Mar 1, 2022
Kharkov will probably be higher soon
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2022
Yeah, got it on my second try (first was months ago) for the obvious reasons :(
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Level 46
Mar 1, 2022
💙💛
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Level 58
Mar 2, 2022
💙💛
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Level 26
May 16, 2022
No.
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Level 54
Mar 1, 2022
really cool, a version with the map?
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Level 38
Mar 4, 2022
Slava Ukraini
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Level 26
May 16, 2022
Let's refrain from starting a Jetpunk comment section war. Politics generally isn't a thing to bring up in public because of controversy.