Letnerechenskoye (c)* Belbaltlag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Letnerechenskoye (c)* Belbaltlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Republic of Karelia, Belomorsky district, Letnerechensky, 12th lock
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Regional / Republican

This burial ground of the White Sea Canal Camp complex, Belbaltlag for short, is seven kilometres from the Letnerechenskoye settlement. It contains the bodies of Belbaltlag prisoners  who built the Canal (1931-1933) and those subsequently imprisoned in the outposts and divisions of the system between 1933 and 1941.

Books of Remembrance

Information about Belbaltlag prisoners, where it survives, can be found in Memorial’s Victims of Political Terror database with its 3 million entries or in the Open List database of “Victims of Political Repression in the USSR, 1917-1991”.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
commemorative services, excursions
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Have not survived
not defined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
By order No 182 (18 May 2007) of the Karelian Republic Ministry of Culture the cemetery was included in the list of discovered sites of cultural heritage. The municipal property of Letnerechensky settlement, Belomorsky district.
Sources and bibliography

[ for original texts and links ]

Unified State Register of Sites of Cultural Heritage (monuments of historical and cultural significance) of the nations of the Russian Federation

M. Sizov, “Crosses on the locks”, Vera: khristianskaya gazeta Severa Rossii [retrieved on 26 May 2022]

Judgement of the Belomorsky district court, dated 16 May 2013, making obligatory the technical certification of a site of cultural heritage