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Safonovo ss (c)* Graves of forced settlers & Crimeans



Date of burial
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Perm Region, Alexandrovsky district, Baza (nearest settlement)
Access outside a populated area
On foot
3 kms north of Baza, on right bank (Mount Safonovo) of the River Yaiva
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2004 года. Источник:
Фотография 2004 года. Источник:

The special settlement at Safonovo was established in the early 1930s for dekulakized peasant families. In 1944 they were joined by deportees from the Crimea: Armenians, Greeks, Bulgarians and Crimean Tatars  (see Deportees in the Alexandrovsk district). The deportees who died here were buried in individual and mass graves. Their exact number is unknown.

In 2004, a wooden post bearing an explanatory board was erected at the graveyard by members of the Perm Youth Memorial, taking part in a “Rivers of Memory” expedition. In 2007, members of Perm Youth Memorial, again part of a Rivers of Memory expedition, and the Olympus hiking club from Alexandrovsk, replaced the first sign with a cross made of birch. The attached board reads:

“In memory of the victims of political repression. In the 1930s to 1950s the Safonovo special settlement was located here. About two hundred families of dekulakized peasants and deported citizens from Crimea (about 700 people in all) were here; many of them never left. This commemorative sign was erected by participants of the Rivers of Memory expedition in August 2007.”

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Civil rites
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Graves have survived
Not defined
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under control of Alexandrovsky district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Youth Memorial Archive (Perm)


Reply by Perm Region Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy & Mass Communications (27 March 2014) to a formal enquiry from RIC Memorial (St. Petersburg)