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

Belomorsk (c)* Belbaltlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Republic of Karelia, Belomorsk, 17th lock settlement
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Regional / Republican

Prisoners of three divisions of Belbaltlag were buried at a site 7 kms from Belomorsk (formerly Soroka): the 8th division, builders of the White Sea Canal, 1931-1933; the 3rd Sosnovets division, 1933-1936; and the 6th division, 1936-1941. In 1993 three members of staff from the 17th lock of the White Sea Canal – V. Shalin, I. Lysenkov and V. Gnetnev – erected a wooden memorial cross at the burial ground.


The Belomorsk district was mentioned in execution reports during the Great Terror as one of fourteen sites in Karelia where people were shot. That killing field and burial ground with its 62 victims has not been discovered.

Books of Remembrance

Information, where it exists, about the identity and fate of Belbaltlag’s inmates is included in Books of Remembrance for the regions from which they came. A quick way to find any recorded links is to consult the “Victims of Political Terror” database with its 3 million entries (or the “Open List” database).

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative masses
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the town of Belomorsk. Included in the list of discovered sites of cultural heritage by order No 182 (18 May 2007) of the Karelian Republic's Ministry of Culture
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

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

K.V. Gnetnev, The White Sea Canal: Time and Fate, Petrozavodsk, 2008

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


S. Krivenko, “Yury Dmitriev’s list”, Lessons of History website, 2 August 2019 [retrieved on 26 May 2022]