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Sorel ss (c)* Burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Priluzsky district, Sorel (uninhabited)
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
10 kms east of Veldorya
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2020 года
Фотография 2020 года

Special settlement No 4 (also known as Sorel and Nolevoi) of the Noshul village council was set up in 1930 by dekulakized peasant families, deported from central Russia and the German Volga republic. On 1 January 1932 the population was 469, and the adult males worked, for the most part, in the logging industry and at the Mutnitsky flax-processing factory. Those who died were buried in individual graves in a graveyard created 200 metres from the settlement in the surrounding pine forest. The numbers of men, women and children who died and were buried there has not been established.

In the late 1940s the settlement was closed, and no more burials were made 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 179 individuals who were deported to Sorel with their families from 1930 onwards or who were 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
burial mounds have survived, but no headboards
200 х 200 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 ]

Yelisaveta I. Abelyasheva (born Kindsvater) [Memoirs] in G.F. Dobronozhenko and L.S. Shabalova (compilers), Dekulakization and deportation of the peasantry in people’s social memory: Studies, memoirs and documents, Syktyvkar, 2005

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