KEMEROVO Yagunovka district [C]* "Execution camp" | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

KEMEROVO Yagunovka district [C]* "Execution camp"



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Kemerovo Region, Kemerovo, Yagunovsky residential district, Bach Street
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On foot
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Secret interment of executed
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Фотография 2005 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2005 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

During the Great Terror those condemned to be shot in the Kuzbass region were transported to Kemerovo. Between October 1937 and May 1938 the execution camp was located in the unfinished Yagunovskaya mine, today a district of the city of Kemerovo. Surrounded by a high fence, there were temporary wooden barracks and prisoners were brought here on foot from the Kemerovo-Sortirovochnaya rail station, and from the NKVD prison in Kemerovo. Eyewitnesses report that the prisoners were escorted here in large columns, stretching from the camp to Komissarovo village two kms away. The executed were buried in trenches and their clothes were burnt. The total number shot there is not known.

Until 1947 the site was off-limits. Then the mine was completed, and the fence and barracks were used as construction materials until numerous messages by those about to be shot were found inscribed on the planks. An NKVD group was summoned and the remaining planks were burned. No residential buildings were permitted on the wasteland here after 1947.

In 1997, a memorial stone was set up on the wasteland by the Memory (Pamyat) history club of School No 50, with the inscription: “Here lie buried the victims of repression in 1937-1938. The memory of the innocent who suffered will remain forever in the heart of the people”. In July 1998 a chapel was erected on the site, incorporating the memorial stone and in 2007 it acquired the status of a monument of regional significance. Pupils of school No 50 are responsible for maintaining the site and they have compiled a list of seventy of those executed there.

The layout of the camp in 1937 shows: [1-3] barracks; [4] pit; [5] road; [6] square; and [7] shop.


According to the Unified Register (October 2023) the site now has a Regional/Republican level of protection.

Books of Remembrance

A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Kemerovo Region (2 vols. 1995-1996) includes 6,270 biographical entries for those shot or sent to the Gulag.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Kemerovo City administration
City officials, clergy, media and NGOs, relatives of the victims, city inhabitants, schoolchildren
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
not preserved
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
Decree No. 358 (20 December 2007) of the Kemerovo Region Administration designated the area a site of cultural heritage. The members of the historical club at School No. 50 take care of the cemetery. [Unified Register, 441310005580005, monument of Republican/Regional significance, October 2023.]
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

Archive of the “Remembrance” Popular Museum at School No 50 (Kemerovo, Yagunovsky district)


Reply by the Kemerovo City Administration (№ 01-24/591 of 23 April 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)