VORKUTA Severny settlement (c)** Prisoners burial ground | Russia's Necropolis of Terror and the Gulag

VORKUTA Severny settlement (c)** Prisoners burial ground



Date of burial
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Komi Republic, Vorkuta, Severny settlement
Access in a populated area
On foot
Visiting Hours or Restrictions
Type of burial
Camp (prison) burial ground
Current use
Cultural and/or educational purposes
Ceremonial events
Presence of memorials, etc.
Protected status
Not protected
Фотография 2007 года
Фотография 2007 года

The burial ground for prisoners building Vorkutlag mineshafts Nos. 5 and 7, living at nearby camp outposts, was located in the Severny (northern) settlement, at the confluence of the Vorkuta and Ayach-Yaga rivers. They were buried in both individual and common graves.

In the mid-1990s, the Ukrainian Association of the Repressed erected a memorial cross in the cemetery bearing a headboard that read, in Ukrainian: “Never forget the Victims of Communist Terror, Warriors for Ukraine’s Freedom”. In 2007, a monument was added to the cemetery commemorating Hungarian POWs who died in the camps of Vorkuta. Two years later Lithuanian researcher Gintautas Alekna studied the cemetery, carried out a photo survey, and drew up a plan of the disposition of the Lithuanian burials. Four graves with headboards were discovered.

Books of Remembrance

Information about some deceased Gulag inmates can be found in Memorial’s Victims of Political Terror database with its 3 million entries, or in the Open List database (“Victims of Political Repression in the USSR, 1917-1991”).

Repentance: the Komi Republic Martyrology of the Victims of Mass Political Repression (11 vols. 1998-2016), includes biographical entries on 52,785 who were sent to the camps in Komi. As the Memorial online database (2021) shows, the region’s Book of Remembrance lists 10,364 who died in the camps but does not specify where.

DateNature of ceremoniesOrganiser or responsible personParticipantsFrequency
Commemorative masses, Excursions
From time to time
Nature of area requiring preservation
State of burialsAreaBoundaries
Several burial mounds and depressions in the soil; graveside crosses
not established
not delineated
Administrative responsibility and ownership, informal responsibility for the site
On land under the control of the Vorkuta City Administration
Sources and bibliography

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Note on the 2005 expedition by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania