Rochegda village* Kuloilag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Rochegda village* Kuloilag burial ground



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Arkhangelsk Region, Vinogradovsky district, Rochegda settlement (outskirts)
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
The road to the cemetery crosses marshland. Accessible in winter
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2000 года. Предоставлена Генеральным консульством Республики Польша в Санкт-Петербурге
Фотография 2000 года. Предоставлена Генеральным консульством Республики Польша в Санкт-Петербурге

The Konetsgorskoe division of Kuloilag in the village of Rochegda, was in existence from 1940 to 1942. Certain evidence suggests that the majority of prisoners were Polish citizens. The camp burial ground was organised 2.5 kms away from the village. Today the burial ground is abandoned and the road is impassable most of the year. The numbers buried there is not known and lists of names are unavailable.

The name of one prisoner, the Pole Jan Szubert, is known: he died in the camp on 9 July 1941. In 1996, Szubert’s sister Apolonia Sobolewska had a cross erected in the former camp burial ground in memory of all the prisoners who were buried there. The inscription on the cross (see photo), in Russian and Polish, reads: “To our fathers, brothers and sons … Rest eternal! May they be remembered forever – the Poles, Russians and all who died in the Konetsgorskoe division of the Gulag. From compatriots in Poland. Rochegda, June 1996.”

Nature of area requiring preservation
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Subsidence over the burials
about 225 sq m
Not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Vinogradovsky municipal district
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Reply from the Arkhangelsk Region FSB to a formal enquiry (2004) by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)

A. Dembovska, The Poles in the Russian North: An album of Polish sites of remembrance, St Petersburg, 2011

“Kuloilag prisoners burial ground (Konetsgorksoe division)”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 28 May 2022]