Memorial Cross, Tomsk, Russia

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Memorial Cross

In the suburb of Kashtak-1 at Tomsk there is a beautifully situated cross that commemorates the people killed there during the Great Terror. At 1930s Kashtak was way out of the center of Tomsk and condemned people from Gulag transit camp and NKVD prison were brought there, killed and buried. Anyhow, already during Soviet era Tomsk grew near the area and builders began to find human bones on the construction site. After the collapse of the Soviet Union preliminary investigations revealed skulls with bullet holes in them. Comprehensive excavations were never made so nobody knows how many people NKVD executed & buried here, but estimations hover around 9000. The golden cross on a small ridge is only sign of them.


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