Memorial Tree, Levashovo, St. Petersburg

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Memorial Tree

Levashovo memorial cemetery nearby St. Petersburg is like some twisted enchanted forest. Small wooden area near the military air base of the town is filled with makeshift memorials that the loved ones and relatives of the dead began to build to the forest after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Thousands of people from Leningrad and all over the oblast were buried here in mass-graves, mostly during the Stalin’s purges at the end of the 1930s. After that the area was closed, but the memory literally raised from the grave when Russians could again commemorate the victims of political repression and Gulag. Many trees are full of photographs, icons, personal belongings of the murdered and even copies of their arrest documents. It’s like walking through unwritten page of history.

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