Privodino settlement* Graves of forced settlers | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Privodino settlement* Graves of forced settlers



Date of burial
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Arkhangelsk Region, Kotlas district, Privodino
Access outside a populated area
On foot
Two kms from Privodino along the road from Kotlas to Veliky Ustyug.
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2012 года. Предоставлена Генеральным консульством Республики Польша в Санкт-Петербурге
Фотография 2012 года. Предоставлена Генеральным консульством Республики Польша в Санкт-Петербурге

Inhabitants of the Monastyryok special settlement were buried in the Privodino graveyard. At first, after 1929, they were dekulakized peasant families from Ukraine, Belorussia and the southern parts of Russia; later, in 1940-1941, they were Poles from territory seized by the USSR in 1939. The numbers of men, women and children buried here are unknown; there is a list of 62 deceased Poles. It is not known where the burials of the forced settlers were made. The Polish section of the graveyard was overgrown with young trees and grave markers have not survived.

In 2002, pupils from school No 4 in Kotlas (director, A.I. Smolina) tidied the territory of the graveyard and put up ten boards around the perimeter bearing the text, “In this section Poles deported from their motherland were buried in 1940-1941. The ‘Let’s not forget’ group”. In June 2012, a Polish delegation from Tarnow erected a commemorative cross in the former graveyard.

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Characteristic subsidence over burials; in 2008 about 15 graves could be discerned
About 150 sq m
partially delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Privodino municipal district administration. Pupils from secondary school No 4 in Kotlas look after the cemetery
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

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

“The Polish section of Privodino settlement graveyard”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag  [retrieved, 28 May 2022]