VORKUTA Zapadnoe settlement (c)* Prisoners burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

VORKUTA Zapadnoe settlement (c)* Prisoners burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Vorkuta, Zapadny 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
Not protected

The burial ground of prisoners based at Vorkutlag camp outposts Nos 25, 26 and 27 was located in the Zapadnoe (western) settlement of the Vorkuta City district. Those who died there were buried both in individual and common graves. In August 2010, the cemetery was studied by an expedition from the “Towns and Cities of northern Russia” museum at School No 14 in Vorgashor settlement. It was led by researcher I.V. Vitman. The expedition found crosses dating from 1954-1955 on certain graves.

Books of Remembrance

Information about some deceased Gulag inmates can be found in Memorial’s Victims of Political Terror database with its 3 million entries, or in the Open List database (“Victims of Political Repression in the USSR, 1917-1991”).

Repentance: the Komi Republic Martyrology of the Victims of Mass Political Repression (11 vols. 1998-2016), includes biographical entries on 52,785 who were sent to the camps in Komi, of whom 10,364 died there. As the Memorial online database (2021) shows, the region’s Book of Remembrance does not specify where they died and were buried.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative masses, Excursions
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Several burial mounds and depressions in the soil; graveside crosses, some fences
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Vorkuta City Administration
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

Communication from I.V. Vitman, Vorkuta 2010 (archive of RIC Memorial, St Petersburg)