Wagankowo Cemetery

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Alley at Wagankowoer Friedhof, in the background the Church of the Remembrance Day of the Resurrection

The vagankovo cemetery ( Russian Ваганьковское кладбище  / transcription Wagankowskoje kladbischtsche ) in Moscow is one of the most famous cemeteries in Russia . It is around 50 hectares and is now home to numerous graves of prominent personalities.


Today's Vagankovo ​​Cemetery was built in 1771 a little west of the then city limits of Moscow, near the village of Novoje Vagankovo, and initially served as a mass burial site for victims of the plague epidemic, which was rampant at the time . Until around the middle of the 19th century, the cemetery was essentially a burial place for poor people. It was only through the strong population growth and the further expansion of the city limits that increasingly wealthy and also prominent people were buried here. From 1925 to 1936, victims of the Stalin purges were buried here.

During the Soviet era , many well-known artists in particular found their final resting place here, while after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Wagankowo Cemetery increasingly came into the headlines as the preferred burial site of (alleged) mafia bosses and other new riches. Unlike the Moscow Novodevichy Cemetery , where only honorary citizens and their relatives are buried, anyone who can afford it can buy a burial site in the Vagankovo ​​Cemetery.

The architectural center of the park-like Wagankowoer cemetery are two churches built in 1824 , which are used as a cemetery chapel. In addition to individual graves, the cemetery contains mass burials of the victims of the Battle of Borodino , the Chodynka tragedy of 1896 , the revolution of 1905 and the Second World War, as well as the three resistance fighters who perished during the August coup of 1991. Victims of the hostage-taking in the Dubrowka Musical Theater in 2002 were also buried in the Wagankowo cemetery, albeit in separate individual graves.

Graves of prominent people

See also

Web links

Commons : Wagankowoer Friedhof  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Website of the Russian human rights society Memorial Mass Graves of Stalinist Terror
  2. ^ Website of the Russian human rights society Memorial , list of victims of Stalinist repression buried on Vagankovo
  3. ^ Biography of Oleg Dal , accessed on December 6, 2019

Coordinates: 55 ° 46 ′ 6.6 "  N , 37 ° 32 ′ 56.4"  E