BELINSKY [C]* Red Terror execution & burial site | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

BELINSKY [C]* Red Terror execution & burial site



Date of burial
September 1918
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Penza Region, Belinsky (outskirts)
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised 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
Фотография 2011 года. Источник:
Фотография 2011 года. Источник:

During the Red Terror in the town of Chembar (today known as Belinsky) 48 inhabitants of the town and surrounding villages were shot without trial on 25 September 1918. The execution and burial took place in a ravine on the town’s western outskirts. Subsequently animal bones from an abattoir were offloaded here; later a pond was created on the site.

On 30 October 2012, thanks to the town’s inhabitants and staff from the museum at the critic Belinsky’s estate, a memorial bearing the names of those shot was set up on the town’s central square. The list of victims was also published by the Penza Memorial Society.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Belinsky district administration
Representatives of the district administration, relatives of the victims, schoolchildren and 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 Belinsky district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

S.V. Zelyov, The Surskaya Golgotha. The Penza Diocese in the years of persecution (1917-1941), Penza, 2007

“List of hostages shot in Belinsky, 1918”, website of the Penza Memorial Society and the Penza Region History Museum


Reply from the Penza Region Administration (№ 2-23-1582, 15 April 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)