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Malaya Lata ss (c) Forced settlers graveyard



Date of burial
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Sverdlovsk Region, Novolyalinsky district, Malaya Lata (uninhabited)
Access outside a populated area
Private or specialised transport
On foot
40 kms from the Verkhnyaya Lobka settlement.
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Deportees’ graveyard
Current use
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2004 года. Фотограф: Г.Алекна
Фотография 2004 года. Фотограф: Г.Алекна

Malaya Lata came into existence in the early 1930s as a special settlement for dekulakized peasant families from Ukraine. In 1946 deported Lithuanians were sent here. Those who died were buried in a cemetery 600 metres southeast of the village. The numbers of men, women and children who died and were buried there has not been established. In the mid-1970s Malaya Lata ceased to exist and was excluded from official surveys as a population centre.

In 2004, the cemetery was studied by Lithuanian researcher G. Alekna: photos were taken and a plan of the layout of Lithuanian burials was made. In 2010, the “Siberian mission” youth expedition from Lithuania cleared and tidied the section of the cemetery containing Lithuanian burials and re-attached grave markers.

Books of Remembrance

Research on the Genocide of the Lithuanian People (Lietuvos gyventoju Genocidas; 3 vols. 1999-2009) contains about 130,000 biographical entries that include those deported in the 1940s-1950s (in Lithuanian).

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative Services
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Some headboards have survived; the inscriptions on them are lost
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Novolyalin district administration
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

V.N. Zemskov, “Kulak deportation during and on the eve of the Great Patriotic War”, Sociological Studies, No 2, 1996

Report of the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania on the 2004 expedition