Semirechye on Fire. A Story of Rebellion
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest revolts in the history of the Russian Empire. The uprising took place in Semirechye, ‘the valley of 7 rivers’, in the south of the empire’s territory in Central Asia. What started as a protest against Tsar Nicholas II’s policies quickly escalated into a fight between the native Kyrgyz population and the Russian and Cossack settlers. It was a conflict that turned ordinary men into murderers and heroes, revealing the worst, and some of the best, of human nature. Now, descendants of those who lived through it share their ancestors’ accounts of the uprising.