In 1889, to commemorate the great traveller Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsk in Central Asia by order of the tsar, the city was renamed to Przhevalsk. On his expedition to Tibet he died in Karakol from typhus. Then the historical name was returned to the city. By the centenary of Przhvalski, the city was renamed again. Then back, again. In general, changing names is a national sport, or maybe Russians have never been loved here.