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Sukhoi Log [C] Execution & burial site



Date of burial
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Perm Region, Kudymkar district, Kekur village
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
100 m west of old Kudymkar track to Mendeleyevo rail station; 2 kms east of Kosagor village
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Regional / Republican

Sukhoi Log lies on the outskirts of Kekur village. In the 1930s secret executions and burials of Kudymkar district inhabitants took place there. The burial was discovered and investigated in 1994 by A.M. Krivoshchokov, director of the Komi-Permyak branch of Memorial, and E.Yu. Makarov from the Komi-Permyak district museum of history and local studies. That year a memorial cross was erected on the site and in 1997 a symbolic grave of the Unknown Victim of Repression was organised there. An obelisk in “Eternal memory of the slain innocents” was placed there the same year thanks to the Komi-Permyak branch of the Memorial Society.

Since 2000 the burial has the status of a site of cultural heritage of regional significance. In May 2013 participants in Perm Memorial’s “Rivers of Memory” expedition added a notice to the cross with information about the history of repression in the Kudymkar district.

Books of Remembrance

Years of Terror: A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression, Perm (13 vols. 1998-2010) includes 35,000 biographical entries for those shot or sent to the camps.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Komi-Permyak branch of Memorial Society
members of Memorial, representatives of Kudymkar district administration and public
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
subsidence over burials
5 hectares
Not fenced off. Demarcated on two sides by south slope of ravine and stream
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Kudymkar municipal district administration. Standing order No. 713-r (5 December 2000) of the Perm Region governor designated the burial a site of cultural heritage of regional significance. The Stepanovskoe rural settlement is responsible for the care and maintenance of the memorial area. [Unified Register, 591530227240005, "place of interest", October 2023.]
Sources and bibliography

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Standing order No. 713-r (5 December 2000) of the Perm Region governor: State recording of the area’s historical and cultural memorials

“Meanwhile silence reigns in Sukhoi Log”, Parma, newspaper of the Komi-Permyak district, 2 November 2012

“Findings of an expedition by members of Perm Memorial society in the Komi district”, Human Rights in Russia (HRO), 14 June 2013 [retrieved, 28 May 2022]

“Memorials to the victims of political repression in the Perm Region”, Russian Association of the (disabled) Victims of Unlawful Political Repression [retrieved, 28 May 2022]

“Memorials in the Perm Region”, Perm regional section of the International Memorial society [retrieved, 28 May 2022]


“Sukhoi log. Place of execution and burial”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 28 May 2022]

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