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25 Biggest Cities of the Soviet Union

Can you name the 25 most populous cities in the Soviet Union in 1989?
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedSeptember 19, 2015
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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 68
Aug 17, 2016
Cool idea.
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Level 71
Sep 6, 2016
Thanks :)
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Level 72
Sep 18, 2019
that's "cool idea, Comrade" to you
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Level 66
Sep 19, 2019
Don't you mean хорошая идея, товарищ
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Level 71
May 8, 2018
Accept Stalingrad for Volgograd?
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Level 71
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 54
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 75
Nov 22, 2019
Zarizyn is the German name at the time
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Level 50
Aug 11, 2018
Interesting changes: Leningrad - St Petersburg, Kuybyshev - Samara, Gorky - Nizhny Novogrod, Sverdlovsk - Yekaterinburg and Alma Ata - Almaty.
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Level 78
Sep 19, 2019
Cool quiz. Missed four. One in Ukraine, one in Tatarstan, and two in Siberia.
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Level 70
Sep 19, 2019
Great one!
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Level 35
Sep 23, 2019
Very nice quiz! Did not figure out 1 :(
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Level 66
Mar 8, 2020
not even moscow?
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Level 34
Oct 20, 2019
Bald and Bankrupt would like to know your location...
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Level 71
Feb 16, 2020
He helps a lot with the geography of this region.
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Level 17
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 71
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 66
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 78
Mar 21, 2020
8 of these became capitals of independent countries within a few years.