Aleksandr, Sandarmokh, Karelia, Russia



Deep in the Karelian woods there is a small tract of forest with colourful fake flowers and dozens of enameled portraits on the trees. At Sandarmokh more than 10 000 people were executed and buried at 1930s, some from the small Karelian villages and some from the huge Belomorkanal labour camp nearby. People from at least 60 different countries are still lying there, all victims of Gulag and political repression in the Soviet Union. The area is nowadays memorial cemetery for the innocent dead. All the names will probably never be found out, but some have been identified and have gotten a plaque. Aleksandr is one of them.


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