NIZHNY NOVGOROD Gendarmes Ravine [C]* Red Terror executions & burials | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

NIZHNY NOVGOROD Gendarmes Ravine [C]* Red Terror executions & burials



Date of burial
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Nizhny-Novgorod Region, Nizhny Novgorod
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
at junction of Malaya Pokrovskaya and Maslyakov Streets
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

Among the places where hostages were shot and buried in Nizhny Novgorod during the Red Terror was the Gendarmes Ravine. The exact number interred there in 1918-1922 is not known.

In the 1960s the ravine was filled with soil and the area was used for residential buildings. Maslyakov Street today runs along part of the infilled ravine. On the surviving part of the Gendarmes Ravine at the intersection of Malaya Pokrovskaya and Maslyakov Streets a square was laid out. There, in 1990, a wooden memorial cross was erected. The inscription reads, “At this place in the Gendarmes Ravine victims of the Red Terror were shot and buried”.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
5 September
Day in Remembrance of Victims of the Red Terror
Commission for restoring the rights of rehabilitated victims of political repression
City residents, clergy
Annual event
Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
have not survived
not determined
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Nizhny Novgorod City Administration
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

I.M. Favorskaya, “Activities to restore the rights and immortalize the memory of inhabitants of Nizhny Novgorod who were victims of political repression”, Materials of the educational and scholarly conference on Political Repression in the Nizhny Novgorod region: Marking 20 years since the government established the Day in Commemoration of the Victims of Political Repression, Nizhny Novgorod, 2012


Reply by the Nizhny Novgorod City department for culture (№ 18-495/14-ns of 08 May 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)