"Golden Hill"** Taishetlag & deportees graves | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

"Golden Hill"** Taishetlag & deportees graves



Date of burial
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Irkutsk Region, Taishet district, Kvitok settlement
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
3 kms from Kvitok settlement
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2009 года
Фотография 2009 года

Camp outposts of Taishetlag, Bamlag and Ozerlag were to be found on the outskirts of the Kvitok settlement between 1937 and 1960. There also was the central camp hospital and the Golden Hill special settlement. Prisoners who died in the hospital, forced settlers and deportees living in Kvitok and the Golden Hill settlements were all buried there.

In 1989-1991 relatives of Lithuanians buried there came and exhumed their remains for reburial in Lithuania. In 1994 the graveyard was studied by Lithuanian researcher Gintautas Alekna. He conducted a photo survey, drew up a plan of the burials, and discovered 86 graves that still retained their markers. In 1996, thanks to the efforts of the “Ognivo” Polish society in Irkutsk a Catholic cross was raised there with a memorial plaque at its base.

In 2006 school No. 85 (Taishet) raised a monument with the inscription, “To the inmates of the Taishet camps, who were unjustly imprisoned and died in captivity”. In 2008 the “Siberian mission” memorial expedition from Lithuania worked at the graveyard, restoring grave markers and clearing the graves of their compatriots. In 2012 a monument was placed on the grave of Adam Stankievič, a Catholic priest and political figure from Belorussia.

Books of Remembrance

Information about Taishetlag 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 headboards, 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 Taishet district administration. The cemetery is under the informal care of the “Ognivo” (Polish) society in Irkutsk and the Biryusa-Memorial society (Taishet).
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Report on the 1994 and 2008 expeditions by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania

Ye.S. Seleznyov, “Ascending the Golden Hill”, Biryusinskaya dolina website

T.A. and Ye.S. Seleznyov, “The camps in the past of Taishet”, Imena Bratska portal

Reply from the Taishet district administration (№ 1545а/1 of 26 July 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)