Yosser outpost (c)* Sevzheldorlag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Yosser outpost (c)* Sevzheldorlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Knyazhpogost district, Yosser settlement
Access in a populated area
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

Prisoners of the Sevzheldorlag camp outpost in Yosser were engaged first in building (1941-1942) and then maintaining the Northern Railroad. The outpost existed until the mid-1950s. Prisoners who died were interred in a separate burial ground on the edge of the settlement in both individual and common graves.

In 2001 the burial ground was studied by an expedition from the children’s club in Knyazhpogost (Yemva), led by R.I. Litus. A wooden commemorative cross was raised there in 2009, thanks to the efforts of L.N. Sestrovaya, a relative of a prisoner who died in Yosser.       

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.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
grave mounds, some grave-markers
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Iosser rural settlement administration, Knyazhpogost district
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and URLs ]

“Report on the findings of the Yemva-Vozhael expedition, August 2009”, Department of education and youth policy, Knyazhpogost municipal district