Beregovoi Siding (c)* Obsklag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Beregovoi Siding (c)* Obsklag burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Vorkuta, Beregovoi rail crossing loop
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 camp outpost at the rail crossing loop of Beregovoi (58 km on the Chum-Labytnangi railroad) operated here from 1948, it is thought, when it was decided to build a brickworks at this location. The prisoners who built the works came from Obsklag & Construction Site No 501. Those who died were buried near the camp.

In July 2010 an expedition of “Gorizont”, the Yamalo-Nenets regional youth history hiking group, led by A.N. Safonov, discovered the burials of prisoners. They covered an area of 600 x 350 metres and included up to 1,500 bodies.

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
Exploratory excursions
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
some burial mounds and subsidence
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Vorkuta urban district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

A.N. Safonov, “The nature of research into the commemoration of inmates of Stalinist camps and the builders of the Chum-Salekhard-Igarka railroad, who were interred in the Obsklag burial grounds, 1946-1953”, Official website of the Gorizont youth group, 2010

Reply No. 06-17-1230 of 30 April 2014 from the Komi Republic Ministry of Culture  to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)