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Krasny Yar (c)* Red Terror execution & burial site



Date of burial
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Kirov Region, Kotelnichsky district
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
Accessible by river transport, then on foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

In 1918-1919, in oak woods on the right bank of the Vyatka river (near the mouth of the Vasyovka river), the local Cheka executed and buried inhabitants of the Kotelnichsky district. Those to be shot were brought to the location by steamboat. The total numbers executed in the district during the Red Terror are unknown. A list of 67 men and women shot between 2 September and 20 October 1918 was published in Red Terror (1918, No 1), the first issue of the local Cheka’s weekly newspaper.

According to local residents the burials were uncovered in the 1960s and 1970s by erosion of the river bank.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Have not survived
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Kotelnichsky district administration.
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

M. Zhukovsky, The Cheka is authorised to announce …, Moscow, 2004

L.N. Rychkov and M.V. Krinitsyna, “Ground between the millstones of history”, Vikshil village and its surroundings [retrieved, 27 May 2022]

Ya.V. Spitsyn, Memoirs (manuscript), Museum of peasant history, Kotelnichsky district, Leninskaya iskra settlement


Reply by the Kotelnichsky district duma (№ 80 of 15 May 2014) to a formal enquiry from RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)