Kostomarovo village* Yuzhlag burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Kostomarovo village* Yuzhlag burial ground



Date of burial
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Irkutsk Region, Taishetsky district, Kostomarovo rail station
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
1 km from Kostomarovo rail station
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2006 года
Фотография 2006 года

From 1938-1941, one of the camp outposts of Yuzhlag with vehicle repair workshops was located at Kostomarovo rail station. Those prisoners who died were buried one kilometre away.

In the 1990s the burial ground was studied by a group of local historians including Ye.S. Seleznyov from Taishet. In 2006 a metal Orthodox cross was erected there thanks to the efforts of the Biryusa-Memorial society and pupils of School No. 85 (both from Taishet).

Books of Remembrance

Information about Yuzhlag prisoners, where it survives, can be found in Memorial’s Victims of Political Terror database with its 3 million entries, or in the Open List database (“Victims of Political Repression in the USSR, 1917-1991”).

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
A few burial mounds and characteristic subsidence
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Taishetsky district administration. The cemetery is cared for by the Biryusa Memorial society in Taishet
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Ye.S. Seleznyov, “The first memorials to the inmates of the Gulag have been erected in the Taishet region”, Biryusinskaya dolina website