TVER cemetery* Burials of the Executed | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

TVER cemetery* Burials of the Executed



Date of burial
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Tver Region, Tver, 7 Volynskaya Street
Access in a populated area
Public transport
Private or specialised transport
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Visiting hours
Graveyard accessible at all times. Church of Seraphim of Sarov when open
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотофиксация 05.09.2012. Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотофиксация 05.09.2012. Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

In the 1930s, the bodies of those who had been shot in Kalinin Region NKVD building [69-01] in Kalinin (Tver) were buried in the northern section of the city’s Volynskoe graveyard. Some sources suggested that executions and burials were also carried out in the graveyard in the post-war years: this information is based on testimony by many of the city’s inhabitants and of former NKVD employees.

In 1989 and 1990, members of the Tver branch of Memorial, aided by the city commission for rehabilitation, searched in vain for the location of such mass burials. Subsequently, in 2005, the remains of 70 individuals with bullet holes in their skulls were discovered when the church of the Blessed Seraphim of Sarov was being built next to a suspected mass burial. Expert assessment confirmed the date and origin of the remains and on 30 October 2005 they were reburied in the south wall of the church and a memorial plaque was affixed there. An Orthodox cross was erected over the place where the burials were found.

Books of Remembrance

A Book in Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression of the Kalinin Region (4 vols. 2000-2015) includes biographical entries on 9,400 who were shot or sent to the camps.

Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundariesOther sites in same area
reburial in good condition and marked by a memorial
not determined
not delineated
Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Tver City Administration. The burial site is cared for by parishioners of the Church of Seraphim of Sarov
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

S.N. Pogorelov, The varied fates of Volyn in the Tver Region, Tver, 2009, 75 pp.

Along the Paths of Memory: Visits to places in Tver and the Tver Region linked to repressive political measures from 1930 to the 1940s: A Guide, Tver, 2009, 28 pp.

Official website of the Church of the Blessed Seraphim of Sarov


Reply by the Tver City Administration (№ 02/2730 of 21 May 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)