Chernorechensky settlement** Ustvymlag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Chernorechensky settlement** Ustvymlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi republic, Knyazhpogost district, Chernorechensky settlement
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

The Zimka outpost of Ustvymlag came into existence in the mid-1930s. From 1938 to 1943, it was subordinate to Ustvymlag outpost No 8; after 1945 disabled prisoners produced wooden and ceramic tableware there. Prisoners who died in Zimka were buried in a separate burial ground, in both individual and common graves. In 2009 an expedition from the Knyazhpogost youth club studied the burial ground.

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
Burial mounds, a few grave markers
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Vozhael rural settlement administration, Knyazhpogost district
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and URLs ]

N.A. Morozov, The Gulag in the Komi Region: 1929-1956, Syktyvkar, 1997

Lev Razgon, True Stories: Tales of a Survivor, London: Souvenir Press, 1999 (in English)

“A report on the findings of our Yemva-Vozhael expedition, August 2009”, Knyazhpogost department for schoolchildren’s extra-curricular activities, 2009