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IVANOVO Balino cemetery [C] Burials of the executed



Date of burial
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Ivanovo Region, Ivanovo, Balino, 2nd Selskaya Street No 2
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Visiting hours
Daily 8 am to 5 pm.
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2013 года. Источник: http://wiki.ivanovoweb.ru/index.php/Балино_кладбище
Фотография 2013 года. Источник: http://wiki.ivanovoweb.ru/index.php/Балино_кладбище

The cemetery in the Balino settlement, then on the outskirts of Ivanovo, was used from 1934 until its closure in the 1970s. During the Great Terror those sentenced by extra-judicial bodies (troika, Special Board, etc) and shot in Ivanovo Prison were buried here. Subsequently the area was used for further burials.

On 25 June 1991, a monument was erected at the intersection of the main walkways through the cemetery, a Labradorite pillar with a stylised barred window, a star, and barbed wire. The inscription reads: “To the victims of Stalinist repression. Their memory will survive as long as we remain human beings”. The monument was erected through the joint efforts of the Ivanovo Region administration’s commission for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Political Repression and the Ivanovo Region Memorial society and was funded by the regional and city executive committees of the Council of People’s Deputies, and donations from the workforce of industrial enterprises, other organisations and individuals.

Books of Remembrance

A Book of Remembrance: Russian Federation, Ivanovo Region (one vol. 1997) provides minimal information on 11,000 people “repressed” under the Soviet regime. To judge by the Memorial database online neither the date nor the nature of the repressive measures taken against them are indicated.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression (laying of wreaths, etc)
Ivanovo City administration
Ivanovo City administration, deputies of city and regional dumas, public
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Ivanovo urban district
Sources and bibliography

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Reply by the Ivanovo Region FSB (№ 5815 of 28 June 2004) to a formal enquiry from RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)