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Sorochi Log (c) Peasant Uprising execution & burial site



Date of burial
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Altai Krai, Pervomaisky district, Sorochi Log village
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

In 1920 participants in a Peasant Uprising were shot near the village of Sorochi log. They had risen in protest against the introduction of forcible grain requisition by the Soviet regime. Sources say that between five and 20 were executed, including a priest. Their bodies were thrown into a ravine.

Subsequently a spring arose not far from the site of execution and it became a place of pilgrimage for Christian believers. In the 1990s a chapel dedicated to John the Baptist was built next to the spring and in 1995 the John the Baptist hermitage was founded there.

An Orthodox cross within the symbolic grave of the executed participants of the uprising carries a plaque bearing the words, “Grant Thy peace, O Lord, to those murdered here for the faith”.

Books of Remembrance

Victims of Political Repression in the Altai Krai (7 vols. 1998-2005) includes biographical entries on 46,200 individuals who were shot or sent to the camps between 1919 and 1965.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Pervomaisky district administration. As "The Holy Spring" the site is a natural monument of regional status (decree No 568 of the Altai Krai Administration, dated 21 July 2000)
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

Ye.A. Kozik, “the Russian Orthodox Church and the State during the establishment of the Soviet regime in Altai (1917-1927)”, Makaryev Readings, 2007, Issue 6

Materials of the RIC Memorial expedition (2011) – archive of the Memorial Research & Information Centre (St Petersburg)

“Sorochi Log village. Peasant uprising, execution and burial site”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 27 May 2022]