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Buston (formerly Chkalovsk or Chkalov, Tajik: Чкаловск, romanizedÇkalov) is a town in northern Tajikistan. It is located in Ghafurov district of Sughd Province, between the cities of Khujand and Ghafurov.[1] Chkalovsk is a city of provincial subordination, administratively subordinated to the provincial capital of Khujand, not to the district capital of Ghafurov.

Skyline of Buston
Buston is located in Tajikistan
Location in Tajikistan
Coordinates: 40°14′19″N 69°41′48″E / 40.23861°N 69.69667°E / 40.23861; 69.69667Coordinates: 40°14′19″N 69°41′48″E / 40.23861°N 69.69667°E / 40.23861; 69.69667
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The population of Chkalovsk in 2007 is estimated at 22,000.[2]

As a result of its involvement in the processing of uranium ore mined nearby, Chkalovsk was a closed city until the collapse of the USSR.

Khujand Airport is located in the town.

The Presidential National Guard of Tajikistan formed one of its new units here.

On February 1, 2016 the Government of Tajikistan decided to rename Chkalovsk into Buston (Бӯстон). According to TASS news agency, it was the last town in Tajikistan with a Russian name.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Republic of Tajikistan, map showing administrative division as of January 1, 2004, "Tojikkoinot" Cartographic Press, Dushanbe
  2. ^ Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2008, State Committee of Statistics, Dushanbe, 2008 ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  3. ^ Переименование 10 городов и районов, а также Кайраккумского водохранилища // Национальное информационное агентство Таджикистана «Ховар»
  4. ^ ТАСС: Международная панорама - В Таджикистане переименовали последний в стране город с русским названием - Чкаловск

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