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Veldorya settlement (c)* Forced settlers graveyard



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Priluzsky district, Veldorya
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
3 kms from Veldorya
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

Special settlement No 3 (later known as No 6) of the Noshul village council was set up by dekulakized peasant families, deported from central Russia. In 1930 the population was 458 and the adult males worked, for the most part, in the logging industry. Those who died were buried in individual graves in a graveyard created 500 metres from the settlement in the surrounding pine forest. The number of men, women and children buried there has not been established.

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 124 individuals who from 1930 onwards were deported to Veldorya with their families or were born there later (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
about 100 graves have survived
100 х 100 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)