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RYAZHSK Transit prison [C] Execution & burial site



Date of burial
November 1941
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Ryazan Region, Ryazhsky district, Ryazhsk
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
in a wooded area 3 kms from Ryazhsk
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Здание т.н.«Шуваловской Дачи», в районе которой было произведено захоронение. Источник: Архив Рязанского общества «Мемориал»
Здание т.н.«Шуваловской Дачи», в районе которой было произведено захоронение. Источник: Архив Рязанского общества «Мемориал»

On 25 November 1941, as German forces drew near the Ryazhsky district, NKVD officers from Ryazan and police from Ryazhsk shot 36 prisoners held in the Ryazhsk transit prison. Eleven were women. 24 had been convicted of “Anti-Soviet Agitation” (Article 50-10, part 2, RSFSR Criminal Code); the remaining 12 were found guilty of military offences. Some, evidently, belonged to the congregation of the True Orthodox Church in Kuiman village. Certain sources indicate that policeman A.E. Meshkov was also then executed for refusing to take part in the shootings. The names of the victims are known. All convicted under Article 58-10 (part 2), were posthumously rehabilitated in the 1950s.

The bodies of those executed were secretly buried about 2-3 kms from Ryazhsk in the Shuvalov woods near the “Shuvalov dacha”. The exact location of the burials is not indicated in any documents and, as of 2018, it had not been identified. The search continues and the building of the former manor house, located in the Shuvalov woods, has been chosen as a symbolic commemorative site. Each year memorial ceremonies are held nearby.


In spring 2018, a memorial to those shot in Ryazhsk on 25 November 1941 was erected and consecrated in the town’s new cemetery (the location of their burial had still not been established). The commemorative cross was accompanied by a memorial plaque listing the 36 victims.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
local inhabitants
Annual event
25 November
Anniversary of execution
?Ryazan Memorial Society
?Public, Memorial activists, local authorities, schoolchildren, relatives of executed
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Have not survived
not defined
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under formal control of Ryazhsk municipal district