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

Sosnovets (c)* Belbaltlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Republic of Karelia, Belomorsky district, Sosnovets 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
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Regional / Republican

Prisoners of the 8th division of Belbaltlag, the builders of the White Sea Canal (1931-1933), were buried 2 kms from Sosnovets on the bank of Lake Soldatskoe. In 1998 a memorial cross was erected in Sosnovets settlement to commemorate those who died building the canal.


Sosnovets was mentioned in execution reports during the Great Terror as one of fourteen sites in Karelia where people were shot. That killing field and the burial ground containing its 54 victims have 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 in the USSR” database  with its 3 million entries (or the “Open List” database online).

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative masses, Excursions
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Sosnovets rural district administration. Included in the list of 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]

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]