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DANKOV cemetery [C]* Graves of executed hostages



Date of burial
25 September 1918
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Lipetsk Region, Dankov, Chapayev Street
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Источник: Архив Рязанского «Мемориала»
Источник: Архив Рязанского «Мемориала»

On the night of 25 September 1918, eleven hostages being held by the Ryazan Region Cheka were executed on wasteland adjoining the Dankov town cemetery. They were shot in “response” to an act of terrorism. Dankov resident T.V. Bezmenovaya, a relative of the executed teacher L. Bezmenovaya, knew where the shootings took place and for many years looked after the nameless grave.

In 2011 descendants of the hostages put a railing around the site and established wooden crosses and a memorial.

The inscription reads: “Here lie the bodies of citizens of Dankov who were shot without investigation or trial on the night of 25 September 1918”.

Below follow the eleven names: “Alexei Golov, merchant; Pyotr Okorokov, police superintendent; Ivan Demidov, merchant; Lubov Bezmenova, teacher; Mikhail Khanevich, office worker; Stepan Bardin, merchant; Vitaly Trunin, prison director; Nikita Grishchenko, office worker; Stepan Sobolev, technician; Ivan Veselozorov, verger; Alexander Kharlamov, Right SR”.

Books of Remembrance

Remember by Name: A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression in the Lipetsk Region from November 1917 (two vols. 1997) contains 17,900 biographical entries on those shot or sent to the camps. The promised second volume about dekulakisation has not yet appeared.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Dankov district administration
District officials, relatives of the victims, and pupils from Dankov School No 6
Annual Event since 2011
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
about 100 sq m.
railings surround the area
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Dankov town administration. Pupils from school No. 6 in Dankov maintain and care for the memorial site
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

“A memorial to the hostages executed in Dankov in 1918”, Archival collection of the Ryazan Memorial society

Reply by the department for domestic policy of the Lipetsk Region (№ 603 of 26 May 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)