Porog village* Opoklag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Porog village* Opoklag burial ground



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Vologda Region, Velikoustyuzhsky disrict, Porog (formerly Opoki) village
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
1 km from Porog village, accessible by private motor vehicle and on foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2007 года
Фотография 2007 года

In September 1943, when construction of the Opok hydroelectric scheme on the Sukhona river resumed, camp outpost No 2 of Opoklag was organised on the outskirts of Porog village. In 1943-1947 deceased prisoners were interred in the camp burial ground, a kilometre from the village, in individual and common graves. In 2004, local businessman V.M. Lendyaev paid for a memorial to be erected in the burial ground. It is cared for by schoolchildren from Poldarsa settlement.

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.

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Characteristic subsidence
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Opokskoe rural settlement administration, Velikoustyugsky district. Children from the school in Poldarsa look after the memorial area.
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