Staunton, November 24 – Of all of Stalin’s acts of ethnic engineering, the one that seems the most perverse to many is his division of the Kazakhs and Kyrgyz, two formerly nomadic Muslim peoples who speak mutually intelligible Turkic languages, especially because in tsarist times, the Kazakhs were called Kyrgyz and the Kyrgyz, Kara-Kyrgyz.
The rest of the territorial delimitation of Central Asia makes more or less sense. The two sedentary peoples, the Uzbek and the Tajik, were at least in principle divided by language, the first being Turkic and the second Persian-speaking. The Turkmens, a nomadic Turkic group, were south of these two. But the situation to the north seems unnecessary.
In fact, as the Central Asia page on the Yandex media makes clear, that division makes complete sense, a reflection of the fact that the Kazakhs and Kyrgyz are two nations that at one and the same time are very similar and very different (zen.yandex.ru/media/centralasia/iavliaiutsia-li-kazahi-i-kirgizy-bratskimi-narodami-5dce450679a58f40873a6c14