Yus-Nyra settlement* Abez burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Yus-Nyra settlement* Abez burial ground



Date of burial
1940s-early 1950s
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Komi Republic, Inta urban district, Yus-Nyra
Access outside a populated area
On foot
11 kms from Yepa village
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

The camp outpost near Yus-Nyra was organised in 1943 to provide food and building materials to the Abez camp. Five hundred prisoners were held there. In 1953 (other reports say 1955) the prisoners were transferred to Minlag camp outpost No. 1. The camp burial ground was on raised ground in a fir forest 150 metres from the Lemba river. Burials were made in common graves.

In 2009 the cemetery was investigated by an exploratory expedition made up of pupils and teachers from Secondary School No 6 in Inta. They were shown its location by local inhabitant I. Somesov. Sixteen graves were indicated by subsidence of a quadrilateral form. The expedition members raised a wooden commemorative cross on the site.

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.

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Subsidence over the burials
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Inta urban district
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and URLs ]

“Yus-Nyra: … findings of an exploratory expedition to discover mass burials … in the Inta district”, compiled by V.D. Kornilov and O.A. Vavilova, Inta, 2009