GORNO-ALTAISK [C]* Execution & burial site | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

GORNO-ALTAISK [C]* Execution & burial site



Date of burial
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Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk, Lenin Street, in Gardinka district
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Found near 199 Lenin Street; memorial is next to No. 224.
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Regional / Republican
Мемориальная площадка. Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Мемориальная площадка. Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

During building work on the southern outskirts of Gorno-Altaisk early in 1989 a burial of those shot by the NKVD, presumably in 1937-1938, was uncovered (there are reports that this burial was located earlier, in 1987). In the district known as Gardinka (from the old lacemaking factory that once stood there) a trench containing human remains with bullet holes through their skulls was accidentally discovered. Old inhabitants of the district said that during the Great Terror prisoners had been shot there at night.

The mayor of Gorno-Altaisk, V.A. Oglobin, was present during the exhumation. There are reports that the trench was immediately filled in and for a time the remains that had been removed were kept in sacks. Then the City committee of the Communist Party took a decision to rebury the remains and the bluff opposite the old cemetery [04-02] was chosen.

Later, in 1994, a memorial to the victims of political repression was also erected where their bodies had been found (sculptor P.I. Bogomolov). It was formally inaugurated on 31 October 1994.

In 2007, the square surrounding the memorial on Gardinka was planted by the city administration, with an avenue of young trees. It was then, presumably, that the originally wooden cross was replaced by one made of metal.

Books of Remembrance

A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression, Gorno-Altaisk (3 vols. 1996-2003) contains 6,200 biographical entries on those shot or sent to the camps. The Memorial online database names 1,929 who were shot in the Altai Republic (1,525 of them during the Great Terror).

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
city administration
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
not preserved
not defined
partially delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
The burial is on land under the control of the Gorno-Altaisk city administration. Included in the Unified State Register of Sites of Cultural Significance (monuments of historical and cultural heritage) of the nations of the Russian Federation, code no. 0200000271.
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

Materials of an expedition to the Altai Republic (2011) by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)

“Execution burial site of the Great Terror in Gorno-Altaisk”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [partially retrieved, 4 June 2022]


Reply by the Gorno-Altaisk City administration (No 692 of 26 March 2014) to a formal enquiry of 19 February 2014 from RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)