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Pavlovskoe village. Opoklag graves



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Vologda Region, Velikoustyuzhsky disrict, Pavlovskoe village
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Camp (prison) burial ground
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Opoklag was organised on the outskirts of Pavlovskoe village in response to NKVD directive No 0440 of 11 October 1940, in order to build the Opok hydroelectric scheme on the Sukhona river. The camp existed from November 1940 until work was disrupted by the German invasion in late June 1941. Prisoners who died were buried on the edge of the village graveyard in common graves. The sections containing prisoners’ burials adjoin those of local inhabitants: the area has not been used for later burials.

Books of Remembrance

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

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Depressions in the ground
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Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Strelenskoe rural settlement administration, Velikoustyuzhsky district
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

A.P. Dunayeva, M.B. Zhelezova, “Opokstroi”, Veliki Ustyug: a local history almanac, Issue 1, Vologda, 1995.

O.V. Bychikhina, E.A. Nekipelova, Historical memory as a moral and spiritual problem of our time: A small island of the Gulag in the Opok district, St Petersburg, 2011