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Pervomaisky settlement (c)* Siblag burial ground



Date of burial
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Kemerovo Region, Mariinsk district, Pervomaisky
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
3 kms east of Pervomaisky settlement.
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2005 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2005 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

Prisoners who died at camp outposts of the Suslovo division of Siblag were buried at a camp cemetery 7 kms from Suslovo, 3 kms from Pervomaisky settlement. There are no lists of the dead. S.G. Marchenko, director of the Museum of the Criminal-Corrective System of the Kuzbass, has been restoring their names from the prisoners’ personal files and death certificates. The territory of the cemetery is not defined and is currently used as pasture. Over an area 300 x 250 metres characteristic subsidence marking graves can be seen.

In 1987, relatives of the Uzbek poet Usman Nasyr (1913-1944) who died in Siblag’s Suslovo division erected a monument to him on the site of the cemetery. Soon the memorial was destroyed and in 1990 it was replaced by a new monument. In autumn 2013 the inhabitants of Pervomaisky settlement put up a new monument to Nasyr, 500 metres from the first monument: local resident P.A. Ustinov said that this was where prisoners were buried in 1947. The same group then erected a wooden cross bearing the words, “Here lie the prisoners who died in the Suslovo division of Siblag”.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Characteristic subsidence in a small part (300 x 250 m) of the cemetery
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Pervomaisky rural settlement administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Archive of the Memorial Research & Information Centre (St Petersburg)

Archive of the Mariinsk district museum

E. Pyankina, “In memory of an Uzbek poet”, Vpered (Mariinsk), 2013