Donskoe Cemetery (new)

Address: 1 Donskaya Square, Moscow

The building of Moscow Crematory No. 1 in the Donskoe Cemetery. Photo: PastVu

The building of Moscow Crematory No. 1 in the Donskoe Cemetery. Photo: PastVu

Bodies of executed people were brought to the Donskoi Crematory (located within the Donskoe Cemetery) to be incinerated. The crematory was opened on October 6, 1927, but the first documented cremation indicates the years 1934-1935.

In 1936-1937, the majority of the bodies of executed victims were marked for cremation in the Donskoi Crematory, which was a unique facility in Moscow at that time.

M. N. Tukhachevskii, V. E. Meyerhold, and others were buried in the New Donskoe Cemetery during the repressions. There is no general memorial for victims of political terror in the cemetery, but there are several mass graves containing unclaimed remains.