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TOMSK Baktin cemetery (c)* Mass grave of the executed



Date of burial
1920s-1940s [2002]
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Tomsk Region, Tomsk, Demyan Bedny Street, Baktin cemetery, section 168(a)
Access in a populated area
Public transport
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Visiting hours
Accessible when the cemetery is open
Type of burial
Secret interment of executed
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected

When the Kashtak-1 residential district was being built in 1995 remains of those executed were found [70-02]. The bones cast aside by the builders were gathered by the Memorial Society action group, led by V.G. Fast, and passed to the prosecutor’s office for investigation. Forensic examination confirmed that they dated back to the second half of the 1930s.

 On the mayor’s instructions the remains were reburied on 20 December 2002 in the Baktinsky cemetery. A wooden cross was erected over the common grave with a metal plaque that read: “Here lie the remains of the dead, discovered by excavation in the Kasktak residential district in 1995. On 24 September 2008 thanks to the efforts of the Tomsk Memorial society, with the support of the Regional and City Dumas, a memorial (designer V. Miller) was erected. Paid for by the city administration. It bears an inscription, “Your names are unknown, but your memory lives on. Here lie the remains of those found in Kashtak in 1995, a place of mass execution in the 1920s-1940s”.

Books of Remembrance

Human Suffering: A Book in Remembrance of those from the Tomsk Region who were Repressed in the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s (5 vols. 1991-1999) contains 20,800 biographical entries on those who were shot or sent to the Gulag. The Memorial database lists almost 10,000 who were shot in the Tomsk Region during the Great Terror.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Civil rites and Commemorative Services
Tomsk Memorial Society
several times a year
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
reburial is in good condition
30 sq m
Defined by a fence
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Tomsk urban district administration. On the books of the Tomsk municipal organisation, the Spetskombinat unitary enterprises. The Tomsk Memorial Society has informal responsibility for the memorial area.
Sources and bibliography

[ Original texts & hyperlinks ]

Nineteen Thirty-Seven …: A collection of documents and materials, B.P. Trenin (ed), Tomsk: Tomsk University and Memorial society, 1998 (372 pp)

The NKVD interrogation centre, archive of Tomsk Memorial museum of the history of political repression


Reply from Tomsk Region department for information & public relations (№ 17-293 of 13 May 2014) to a formal enquiry by RIC Memorial (St Petersburg)