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Spornoe outpost (c) burial ground



Date of burial
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Magadan Region, Yagodinsky district, Spornoe settlement
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2011 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

The Spornoe camp outpost of Sevvostlag existed from the mid-1930s onward. Its burial ground was located along the road (now overgrown) and fenced off with posts and barbed wire (fragments remain). Grave stakes with traces of nameplates have survived but the number plates have gone. The number buried here has not been established.

The burial was discovered in 2005 by V.A. Naiman, a businessman from Debin, and that same year he erected an Orthodox cross on the site with the following inscription: “This commemorative cross has been erected in the burial ground of prisoners of the Spornoe settlement. Prisoners were buried here between 1935 and 1955. This cross was consecrated by Archpriest Nikolai (Povalsky), 14 September 2005.”

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Subsidence indicating present of burials; line of graves can be discerned; stakes on graves have survived
About 5,000 sq m
partially delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Yagodinsky municipal district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Materials of the Kolyma expedition (2011) – archive of the Memorial Research & Information Centre (St Petersburg)

“Spornoe outpost prisoners burial ground”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 28 May 2022]