Slobodchikovo village* Graves of forced settlers | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Slobodchikovo village* Graves of forced settlers



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Archangelsk Region, Lensky district, Slobodchikovo village
Access in a populated area
On foot
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Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

In the 1930s and 1940s, forced settlers were relocated in Slobodchikovo village and in the surrounding forestry areas – the families of dekulakized peasants from Belorussia, Ukraine and Volga Germans. The men, women and children who died there were buried in the forest sections to which they were attached. In March 1940, 231 deported Poles arrived in the district. By autumn 1941, according to the Karta centre in Warsaw, 16 of the Poles had died.

The forest graveyards disappeared. In autumn 2013, a joint Russian-Polish youth expedition erected a commemorative cross at the entrance to the Slobodchikovo village graveyard. The attached text reads, in Russian and Polish, “In memory of the Polish special settlers, forcibly deported to Slobodchikovo village in the early 1940s, who here suffered all the horror of political exile. From the youth of Poland and Russia, September 2013”.

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 of the Lensky municipal district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

O.A. Ugryumov, “Special settlers”, Pravda Severa (No 199), 25 October 2001

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