Syoly village [C]* Peasant Uprising Execution & Burial site | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

Syoly village [C]* Peasant Uprising Execution & Burial site



Date of burial
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Tver Region, Nelidovsky district, Syoly village
Access in a populated area
On foot
To left of the road leading to churchyard entrance. Foot of hill on which the churchyard is placed.
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Burial ground and/or commemorative site
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2012 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»
Фотография 2012 года. Источник: Архив НИЦ «Мемориал»

In November 1918, in response to the Soviet regime’s introduction of agricultural dictatorship, a peasant uprising broke out in the Panikolsky district of the Belsk uyezd. On 15 and 24 November 28 peasants from the village of Syoly and other surrounding settlements were shot, on the orders of the Tver and Belsk Cheka, for active participation in the uprising. The bodies of the executed peasants were buried in ravines at the foot of the hill on which the Syoly village graveyard stands.

In 2003, the peasants accused of taking part in the uprising were officially rehabilitated. In 2006, thanks to their relatives and the inhabitants of Syoly and neighbouring villages a monument was erected on the site of their burial. The dedication reads: “Approach and pray for the slain innocents. May these 28 victims of political repression never be forgotten”. The names of those shot are engraved on separate plaques.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
30 October
Remembrance Day for the Victims of Political Repression
Inhabitants of Syoly and surrounding villages
Annual event
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
burials preserved
memorial square 3.5 sq m
the square is fenced off
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Nelidovsky district administration. Syoly villagers look after the burial site and monument
Sources and bibliography

[ original texts and hyperlinks ]

“Was there an uprising in Syoly?” Znamya kommunizma, 13 September 1990

V. Tsvetkov, “Memory revived in stone”, Gorodskie vesti, 30 November 2006

“Syoly village”, Visit the Tver Region website

“Memorials to the victims of political repression in the former Soviet Union [a database]”, the Andrei Sakharov Museum & Public Centre [retrieved, 29 May 2022]

“Burial site of executed participants in the 1918 Panikolsky Uprising”, Virtual Museum of the Gulag [retrieved, 29 May 2022]