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The Sandarmoh Memorial Cemetery was established 1997.

Over 9000 people were shot and buried here during Stalin's great purge. Starting in 2016, Russian propaganda tried to pin these killings on Finnish troops during WW II, claiming they were Soviet POW's shot by the Finns. This was soon proven wrong.

The approximity to Finland and the large number of Finnish speaking Karelians made this an area where many Finnish communists as well as Finns from USA and Canada settled. This explains the large amount of ethnic Finnish victims. More than 58 nationalities are among the victims, including Russians, Ukrainans, Polish and Germans.

The pictured memorial stone by sculptor Grigory Saltup was unveiled 1998. It has been subject of vandalism as the copper letters were stolen 1999 and the bas-relief was destroyed 2006.


See also: List in Russian with over 14000 victims of the purge

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