Boguchar, cemetery [C]** Reburial of the executed | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Boguchar, cemetery [C]** Reburial of the executed



Date of burial
[2004, 2007]
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Voronezh Region, Boguchar district, Boguchar
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Фотография 2008 года. Источник:
Фотография 2008 года. Источник:

From August 1937 to March 1938 (during the first eight months of the Great Terror) official sources say that at least 747 people, condemned to death by extra-judicial bodies, were shot in Boguchar.

In 2004 during work at a sand quarry [36-06] within the present town limits some of their remains were discovered. They were reburied in the town’s Severnoe (northern) cemetery, and a memorial was raised over the common grave. In 2007 five more execution pits were discovered in Boguchar, each containing the remains of between five and 12 bodies. In August 2007 the remains were solemnly reburied at the Severnoe cemetery. The following year, on 8 August, a granite pillar bearing the words “To the victims of political repression” was erected in the same location. In 2012 a decision was taken to combine the two mass graves into one.

Books of Remembrance

There is A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Voronezh Region (3 vols 2014-2017); Voronezh Memorial Society has computerised 7,582 biographical entries for those shot or sent to the camps and has also published a two-volume Stalin’s execution lists for the Region.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Boguchar district administration
officials, members of the public, clergy
Annual Event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
the reburial is in good condition
not determined
memorial square
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Boguchar municipal administration. The reburial has the status of a monument of history of local importance and has been included in the register of protected sites
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

“A memorial to the victims of political repression has been unveiled in Boguchar”, Voronezh. Ru portal, 13 August 2008

“Boguchar. Reburial of executed in a common grave”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 27 May 2022]

“In Voronezh they have recalled the victims of political repression”, Vesti (Voronezh) 2 November 2015

Reply by the Boguchar culture and archive department (№ 118 of 31 March 2014) to a formal enquiry from RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)