Matyash (c)* forced settlers' graveyard | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Matyash (c)* forced settlers' graveyard



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Priluzsky district, Matyash
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
8 kms southwest of Veldorya on the Luza river
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2014 года. Фотограф: Маргарита-Эрнестина Генке
Фотография 2014 года. Фотограф: Маргарита-Эрнестина Генке

Special settlement No 8 (German settlement, renamed Matyash in the late 1930s) was set up in 1930 by dekulakized peasant families, deported from central Russia and the German Volga republic. By 1 January 1932 it had 625 inhabitants. The adult males worked in the logging industry, engaged in agriculture, and reared livestock. Those men, women and children who died there were buried in individual graves in a graveyard on the bank of the Luza river, one kilometre from the settlement. After it was closed as a special settlement in 1950, inhabitants of Veldorya were buried there.

Books of Remembrance

Repentance: the Komi Republic Martyrology of the Victims of Mass Political Repression (11 vols. 1998-2016), includes entries on 65,000 individuals, from dekulakized peasant families and former Polish citizens to Soviet German forced labourers, who were deported to the area.

The Komi Book of Remembrance lists 123 individuals who from 1930 onwards were deported to Matyash with their families or were subsequently born there (see Memorial online database).

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Civil rites and Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
90 graves have survived; 52 of them are nameless
300 х 400 metres
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Priluzsky district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

“The lives of Germans in the Sysolsky district [A report by N.L. Sokol (born Dergacheva)]”, Russian Germans in the Komi republic: A People’s Book of Remembrance

Reply from the Priluzsky district administration (№ 01/13-3972 of 10 July 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)