BIISK cemetery [C]*** Graves of deportees & others | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

BIISK cemetery [C]*** Graves of deportees & others



Date of burial
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Altai Krai, Biisk district, Biisk, 2 Soltonsky roadway
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

The Voznesenskoe cemetery in Biisk (also known as the Central or Old Mount cemetery) came into existence in 1772. Today it has the status of a historical monument. During the war (1941-1944) Red Army soldiers who died in military hospitals were buried there; as were forced settlers in the city and surrounding districts (1940s-1950s) and post-war POWs and interned aliens (1945-1947).

In June 1990, the remains of 68 individuals shot during the Great Terror, discovered in the courtyard of the former building of the Biisk NKVD [22-05], were buried in a common grave. A temporary memorial (a cross and a nameboard) was erected and the Biisk Memorial Society began to raise funds for a permanent monument. In 1994, a granite pillar with the inscription “Here lie the remains of the victims of Stalinist repression” was erected. It was formally opened on 30 October that year. (Nearby stands a memorial to soldiers who died in the military hospitals of Biisk during the 1941-1945 war.)

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
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Biisk City department for public relations
public and clergy
annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
The site reburial is well preservd
Memorial square
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Biisk City Administration. The Biisk Vosnesensky Necropolis has been registered as a historic memorial by the City Duma (decree of 18 August 2005)
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

V.L. Sosnovsky, “Places of unbearable suffering”, Sosnovsky, Notes, Biisk, 2002 (203 pp)

“The Voznesenskoe (Staroe Nagornoe) cemetery, Biisk”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 27 May 2022]

Reply of the Biisk City Administration (No 972/01-15 of 18 March 2014) to a formal enquiry from RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)