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Polevoe village (c) Forced settlers graveyard



Date of burial
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Krasnoyarsk Krai, Birilyussky district, Polevoe village
Access in a populated area
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2008 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2008 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

In May 1933, Polevoe village became a special settlement for dekulakized peasant families, deported from the Penza, Chelyabinsk, Rostov, and Stavropol Regions. The special settlement cemetery was used from 1933 to the mid-1940s, when the inhabitants of Polevoe village began to bury their dead in a new graveyard. The numbers of forced settlers who died and were buried here has not been established; an incomplete list of those who died in 1933 (24 men, women, and children) has been compiled from documents at the civil registry office. Later a repair workshop for the Polevoi State farm was built on part of the old cemetery.

In 2003, staff at the Birilyussky local history museum, with the help of long-term residents of the village, determined the location of the old cemetery. On 25 June 2005, thanks to the efforts of the Birilyussky museum and Father Sergei (Makhanko), incumbent of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Novobirilyussy village), a memorial cross was erected there with a marble commemorative plaque: “This memorial has been erected over the first burial place of those repressed in the 1930s”. In summer 2008, pupils from the Polevoe school helped to put up a metal fence around the memorial and two seats of metal and wood.

Books of Remembrance

As well as providing information about those shot in the Region or sent to the camps, A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Krasnoyarsk Krai (13 vols. 2004-2014) devotes its most recent three volumes to dekulakization.

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 the Polevoe rural settlement administration
Sources and bibliography

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Communication from N.A. Laktionova, director of the Birilyussy Museum

Reply from the Birilyussky district administration (№ 2054 of 05 June 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)