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Chashnikovo [C] Burials of those shot in Vologda Prison



Date of burial
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Vologda Region, Vologodsky district, Chashnikovo village
Access outside a populated area
Public transport
Bus 23 (or minibus 64 or 47) to the Kuvshinovo stop. Cross River Vologda on foot; take dirt road along the river for 3-4 kms. The chapel is among allotments, 100 m from river bank
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2010 года
Фотография 2010 года

In 1937 and 1938, during the Great Terror, mass executions and burials of prisoners from Vologda Prison took place on the outskirts of Chashnikovo village. Local historians believe that no less than a thousand bodies are buried here (the exact number is unknown).

In 1990 the prosecutor’s office and the Vologda Region KGB exhumed the remains of those executed and subjected them to forensic expertise. In 1997 a commemorative cross was raised on the site. In 2007 a wooden chapel dedicated to St. Anastasia of Sirmium was built next to the cross. The building was funded by a nun from the Orthodox nunnery in Bussy-en-Othe (Burgundy) and the chapel comes under the Archepiscopal metochion in Vologda. On the outer wall of the chapel is a memorial plaque dedicated to Anastasia, a nun shot in Vologda in January 1938; inside the chapel there is information about priests from the region who were shot during the Great Terror.

Books of Remembrance

A database including biographical entries on 26,866 individuals who were shot or sent to the camps was posted on, and then removed from, the Vologda Regional Administration website. A list of 11,399 dekulakized or deported individuals was also posted there and subsequently removed. No Book of Remembrance has been published for the Vologda Region.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Archepiscopal metochion in Vologda
Inhabitants of Vologoda, and of Chashnikovo & Kuvshinovo villages; pilgrims
Annual Commemorative Services
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 Semyonkovsky rural council, Vologodsky district.
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

V. Peshkov, “The death penalty”, Premier regional newspaper, 1 August 2017 № 30 (1029)


Reply by the Vologda Region FSB (№ 10/4-798 of 5 May 2014) to an enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)

Reply by the Vologodsky urban district administration (№ 217/01-27 of 25 July 2014) to an enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)