Vityunino. Forced settlers graveyard | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Vityunino. Forced settlers graveyard



Date of burial
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Arkhangelsk Region, Lensky district, Vityunino settlement, next to No 71
Access in a populated area
On foot
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 2013 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2013 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

Forced settlers of various nationalities were based at Vityunino in the forest. In 1940 Polish citizens deported from land occupied by the USSR in autumn 1939 were sent here.

The area in which the deportees were buried today forms part of Vityunino. The graves have not survived; the names of 34 Poles who died and were buried in Vityunino are known. In 2013 a Russo-Polish youth expedition placed a memorial here (see photo). It reads:

“In memory of the Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Jews and people of other nationality who were victims of dekulakisation and deportation in the 1930s and 1940s and whose remains lie in this graveyard”.

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
not preserved
About 600 sq m
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Lensky municipal district
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

“Vityunino settlement. Forced settlers’ cemetery”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 28 May 2022]

Reply from the Lensky urban district administration (№ 1509 of 07 April 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)