NKVD Garage, Butovo, Russia.


NKVD Garage

Near the former Butovo firing range, some thirty kilometers from central Moscow, stands a brick building that NKVD used as a garage. At the firing range more than 20 000 people, deemed as “enemies of the people”, were killed and buried during the Great Purges at the end of the 1930s. The area was sealed and guarded for many decades, and it was filled with trash to cover the traces. Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union preliminary excavations were made, and soon the orthodox church took the place over and made it a memorial cemetery for the Purges and the entire Gulag. The garage for the trucks that transported the bodies from the city to Butovo stands empty beside the shooting range.


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