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Public Grave Base


In order to find the grave of a loved one in the cemetery, you can use the electronic services:

  • full-text burial search. The search can be carried out by any combination of surname, name, patronymic, dates of life and the name of the cemetery. For each burial, a photo and the exact coordinates of the grave in the cemetery are presented. You can get directions to your grave on your smartphone.
  • is one of the oldest services in Runet with a large base of burials.
  • the search for burials and the provision of services for the improvement of graves. Many burials from Jewish cemeteries.
  • HBS Memorial database of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War.
  • On the page of the Union of Funeral Organizations and Crematoria page you can also find regional burial databases.

If the burial is not entered into the database, then the task of finding it becomes extremely difficult and turns into a real investigation.

  • If you know the cemetery where your loved one is buried, then you should contact the municipality in whose territory the cemetery is located. The municipality must keep burial books for each cemetery.
  • If the municipality didn’t help you, the search becomes more complicated and you can start it by examining the information on the All-Russian Genealogical Tree website on the forum of which users share the secrets of searching for their ancestors.
  • In the search for burials of famous people can help in

The easiest way to solve this problem is to find the nearest relatives of the deceased. Most likely, they will be able to explain to you where the grave is, or give its “address”, that is, the number of the quarter and burial place cemetery . Arriving on your own cemetery , ask the guard or administrator to show you the burial plan (if you do not see it immediately at the entrance), according to which it will be easy to navigate.

If you could not find the next of kin of the deceased, and look for him burial will have to yourself, you need to have a minimum of information about him. You probably know the name and surname. More dates of birth and death will be needed. If they are known - very good. If not, then contact the registry office of the city or region where the person you were looking for lived on the eve of his death.

Having received information about the date of death of the deceased, go to cemetery where he was buried. Upon arrival, contact the cemetery administration. Having informed the surname, name and patronymic of the person you are looking for, as well as the exact or approximate time of his death, you can get an extract from the archive, which should be kept on each cemetery . Keep in mind that far from all cemeteries, the administrator is on duty all day. In most cases, they are most likely to be found at the place at the end or beginning of the working day.

The extract from the archive data that you will receive in the cemetery administration will indicate the quarter in which the grave you are looking for is located. Lead further searches independently. Go to the indicated site and go around all the graves, reading the inscriptions on them. Of course the longer burial left unattended, the more difficult it will be to find him.

If you need to find the grave of a famous person, refer to the Internet. Now a lot of sites of similar subjects have been created on the World Wide Web, on which you can find burial , both an ordinary person and a popular one.

  • how to find a dead person
  • Rules of work in the cemetery

It just seems that the choice of a cemetery is very simple. In fact, solving such a problem is quite difficult, because you need to consider a lot of different nuances.

When choosing a cemetery, first of all, you need to understand whether you will bury a person autonomously or bury to an existing grave. In addition, it is very important to determine the option of burial - whether this is a standard procedure, or you will get cremated. So, in the second case, you do not fit any, but you need a special one where there is a columbarium.

If you are going to bury a person to an existing grave, it is worth considering that it will cost more. In addition, it is not a fact that there is enough space left on the family site for excavation of another one.

In addition, when choosing a cemetery, you need to consider its location. So, for example, if you have age relatives who will attend this, this should not be a difficult quest for them. Be sure to remember about a grandmother with sore feet, which will make it easier to get to the nearest cemetery and grave closer to the road.

It is also worth understanding how favorable the nature around is. If the cemetery is constantly washed by rains, and landslides are frequent there, it is better to refuse such a place.

It is worth remembering that the older the cemetery is, the more it is known, which means that there may either be no places at all, or they will cost very, very expensive. In this case, you will have to give preference to more budget counterparts.

Again, the older the cemetery, the better its infrastructure. And, that flowers can be bought immediately before entering the churchyard, the cleaning of territories and landscaping are carried out at times better than at only developing cemeteries.

What to consider

When you select a cemetery that will suit you in all respects, and select a place for a burial site that meets all your needs, you will need to conclude an agreement with the cemetery management company.

In fact, they claim, the land is free. In fact, this is not so. And you will have to pay supposedly for a burial, but this amount will include everything - the cost of the site, and the burial and subsequent improvement of the territory.

The cost of a site in a particular cemetery depends on its location, popularity and many other parameters. The status of the city also matters. For example, in Moscow a plot in a cemetery will cost many times more than in Khabarovsk.

Often heartbroken relatives have neither the strength nor the time to deal with these issues. Therefore, they prefer to order funeral services in conjunction with intermediary firms.

However, if you still decide to tackle this issue yourself, be prepared that you will have to spend a lot of effort.

On a frosty February night of 1837, at midnight, from St. Petersburg, the horns set off, taking the coffin to the Pskov province, reliably hidden from prying eyes. In front of him, hunched over in the saddle, a gendarme officer rode astride, and behind in the wagon is a middle-aged man with a face crumpled from grief. In addition to these two people and the old servant who did not want to leave the remains of the master, only snow and blizzard escorted the last great poet, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin, to the last journey.


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Fear of the murdered poet

After the funeral at the Stable Church, his body was sent to the burial place in an atmosphere of utmost secrecy. What were the authorities afraid of and why did they want to hide from the people where the grave of Pushkin, the poet whom all Russia knew by then, was? After all, the news of his death had already managed to fly around Petersburg, and thousands of people came to the house on the Fontanka to say goodbye to him. They probably understood that on that day the consciousness of the masses was paralyzed by common grief for all, and therefore the crowd remained silent. But what forms of indignation could later take on the murder of the poet was unknown, and the authorities feared public unrest.

Therefore, the highest decree was ordered, in order to avoid unnecessary problems, to send the coffin to the burial place secretly, in compliance with all safety precautions. Which was exactly executed. Until the last moment, the poet’s friend, A. I. Turgenev, who escorted him on his last journey (it was he who was in that memorable wagon), did not know where they were going and where Pushkin’s grave would be. Thus, from the first days, the mystery enveloped everything connected with the death of the Russian genius, and for all subsequent years its shadow will not leave the grave in the Svyatogorsky monastery.

Fulfillment of the last will of the poet

Alexander Sergeevich, a year before his death, expressed a desire, when his time came, to be buried near Mikhailovsky — close to the “sweet limit,” as he wrote in one of his poems. It is known that in 1836 Pushkin brought the body of a dead mother to Svyatogorsky Monastery and at the same time bought for himself a place near her grave. In pursuance of this will of his, and in the late night of St. Petersburg, horns with the body of the poet went to the Pskov province, where his ancestral village was located, and next to him was the place of future repose.

At first, Pushkin’s grave was marked only with a modest wooden cross, which many towers on Russian graveyards. But two years later, the poet’s widow - Natalya Nikolaevna, in spite of the extreme need she found herself after the death of her husband, ordered a marble obelisk. A year later, the monument was erected. According to researchers, at the same time a crypt was erected in which the remains of Alexander Sergeyevich and his mother rested forever. In 1848, the poet’s father, Sergei Lvovich, was also buried there.

The ancient monastery in the Pskov province

But in order to continue the further story, one should describe in more detail the Svyatogorsky monastery, which among all Russian monasteries has earned fame for the fact that Pushkin’s grave is located at its walls. A photo of this sacred place for every Russian is given at the beginning of the article. From the family estate of Pushkin - the village of Mikhailovsky - the monastery is separated by five kilometers. It is located near the village, which used to be called the Holy Mountains, which gave it a name.

From archival documents it is known that it was founded in 1569 at the personal command of Sovereign Ivan the Terrible. Fulfilling the highest decree, the tsar's governor - Prince Yuri Tokmakov - began the construction of a monastery, which was intended to become not only a religious center, but also an outpost on the way of a possible enemy to the city of Voronich, located nearby.

The life of the monastery during the time of Pushkin

The monastery grew and flourished for two centuries, until the well-known Catherine’s decree on the secularization of church and monastery lands did not deprive its inhabitants of vast estates, and with them income sources.

Hard times came when thoughts of the eternal were pushed aside by worries about daily bread. In those years when Pushkin became a frequent visitor to the monastery, his brethren consisted of only twenty-four Chernets constantly involved in litigation with local peasants, who challenged their already scarce land plots.

The architectural center of the monastery is a cathedral, erected by Pskov masters and consecrated in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Over the centuries, it was rebuilt several times, mainly due to local landowners who contributed to the commemoration of the souls of the deceased and to prayers for the forgiveness of the sins of the living. In the cathedral, in its altar part, Pushkin's younger brother, Plato, who died in 1819, is buried. It is known that the poet, who then lived in St. Petersburg, was present at his funeral.

From the notes of Alexander Sergeyevich it is known that during his work in Mikhailovsky on Boris Godunov he spent a lot of time in the monastery library reading old manuscripts, which, he said, helped to comprehend the peculiarities of thoughts and language of that time. The poet also helped in the creation of popular images by lively communication both with the inhabitants of the monastery, and with those masses of peasants and inhabitants who rushed three times a year from all parts of the province to the fairs held here.

Create Grave Obelisk

In this cathedral in February 1837 a memorial service was served, after which Pushkin's body was buried near the altar wall. On the grave, as mentioned above, an ordinary wooden cross was installed. Soon, the initiative to create the monument was made by the famous literary critic of those years N. A. Polevoy. He even tried to organize a fundraiser for this, but for a number of reasons the plans were never implemented. A monument appeared only in 1841.

It was executed in the workshop of the Petersburg master Permagonov, who was helped in addition to his sibling by three more assistants. In general, the form of the necropolis has not undergone any significant changes since then. Everyone knows from the school bench what Pushkin’s grave looks like, where it is located and what events are connected with the last days of the poet. Many of those who did not happen to visit the Svyatogorsky monastery are familiar with her image, circulated in the media.

The secret of Masonic symbols

But here riddles begin. The monument to Pushkin on the grave - the stele and the entire mourning composition - is a combination of various symbols that have both a generally accepted interpretation and a secret one, belonging to the category of Masonic signs. For example, an urn and two burning torches, facing down, are very common symbols of sorrow. However, it must be taken into account that, according to the Orthodox tradition, the deceased were interred, not cremated, and their ashes were not placed in bins. This is typical of masons. In addition, the urn is depicted with a ritual cloak thrown on top, which, according to the recognition of the "free masons" themselves, is their sign.

Further downward torches in many lodges are a symbol of struggle and revenge for those persecutions to which Freemasonry was subjected. Also, the image of a six-pointed star can be interpreted in two ways. In Orthodoxy, it is interpreted as a symbol of the Old Testament times and at the grave can symbolize the divine gift received by the poet, while in Freemasonry this sign is called the tetragram and the seal of Solomon. It means the mystical destiny of man. Ten of these symbols on the arch vault - the life path of the one who is buried here. And we see two more emblems of “free masons” on Pushkin’s grave: a laurel wreath - a blessing, a rope loop - a symbol of a secret union.

Great poet and "free masons"

What would seem to be related to Masons Alexander Sergeevich? It turns out the most direct. Being in exile in Chisinau in 1829, he entered a local box called Ovid, which he wrote about to his friend Zhukovsky, also a member of the union of “free masons”. It is very possible that the characters discussed above are associated with this and carry some encoded information. However, the main mystery held by Pushkin’s grave excited the researchers and everyone who was close to the poet’s name in 1953, during restoration work carried out at the place of his burial.

Mysterious find

The fact is that the entire Pskov region during the Great Patriotic War was in the zone of occupation, and in 1944, when the Germans retreated, they tried to blow up many historical monuments located on its territory. Fortunately, they did not succeed in doing this, but nevertheless, the grave of Pushkin in the Svyatogorsky monastery was damaged, and its restoration was required. In the first post-war years, it was not possible to implement it, and only in 1953 work began.

At first, it was not planned to open the grave of Pushkin, it was only supposed to restore the appearance of the necropolis. But when they began to dismantle the stele rickety from the shock wave, it turned out that the soil on which it was located has sagged and cracks deep into the depths are visible. It was clear that the base that had been erected over the crypt during the last restoration work in 1902 was damaged and needed to be replaced. We began to disassemble the tombstone. When a sufficiently large portion of it was dismantled, a picture was opened to the eyes of those present, which plunged everyone into amazement: in addition to the remains of the poet, there were two more skulls in the grave. As subsequent examination showed, they belonged to a man and an elderly woman.

The hypothesis of when foreign skulls fell into the grave

How could they be inside the crypt? The version of vandalism was discarded at the very beginning, as the state of the grave indicated that it had not been opened for many years. For the same reason, it was clear that the Germans who ruled here during the war did not relate to this find. The secret of Pushkin’s grave demanded its solution. For a more detailed consideration of the issue raised the documents related to the already mentioned works of 1902.

It turned out that in the acts of that time, drawn up during the strengthening of the grave hill, there is no mention of extraneous turtles. Следовательно, до 1902 года их там не было. Напрашивается простой вывод, что оказаться внутри они могли только после завершения работ, ведь захоронение больше ни разу не вскрывалось.Perhaps it was so, but the main question remains unanswered: who and why did this, because Pushkin’s grave has always been our greatest cultural asset?

The hypothesis of a specific executor of the action

On this occasion, the historian V. Novikov expressed his assumption. He indicates that the presence of extraneous skulls in the grave is characteristic of ritual Masonic burials. Pushkin, having once joined the Chisinau box, actually became a member of this secret union. It should also be noted that in 1902, on the eve of the first Russian revolution, the activity of Masons reached maximum activity.

It is possible that they could have committed a provocation by throwing skulls into the crypt proving Pushkin’s involvement in their union. For what purpose? Obviously, to raise the profile of Freemasonry. As for the specific performer of this action, given that many people of creative professions were in their ranks in those years, involuntarily suspicion falls on the chief manager of the work, the architect V.N. Nazimov. This, of course, is only an assumption.

Where the grave of Pushkin

The location of the necropolis, where the greatest Russian poet is buried, is well known to most Russians. Nowadays, the village, which gave the name to the monastery, was renamed the Pushkin Mountains. So the name of the poet was immortalized. Having linked together an extensive museum-reserve, he lives a rich spiritual life. The main attraction here is the grave of Pushkin (where we are, we have already told you). A daily stream of tourists coming from all over the country flies here to honor the poet and learn new facts about his life and work. Truly perspicacious was Alexander Sergeyevich when he wrote his famous prophecy about the "non-growing folk path."

Free plots of land

In Moscow, you can draw up a plot of land for free:

  • - Alabushevsky or Perepechinsky (both located outside the MKAD),
  • - only for the burial of those who had Veterans and invalids of the Great Patriotic War, veterans of military service, veterans and invalids of military operations, people with ranks, awards and other services to the Russian Federation and Moscow. "> special services to society and the state.

In both cases, land is granted only upon death (that is, after receipt).

Paid plots of land

You can acquire the right to place a family (clan) burial - a piece of land in an open or closed cemetery where you can bury Family members: parents, spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents, adoptive parents and adopted, full and half brothers and sisters.

"> members of the same family. This is not the acquisition of land ownership, but a kind of unlimited lease, since the land allotted for cemeteries is state-owned.

You can issue a contract:

  • (if there is a death certificate) - without auction,
  • - based on the results of an open auction in electronic form.

The right to place a family (clan) burial can be acquired only in the Department of Trade and Services.

The deceased’s body can also be buried by cremation in a crematorium, followed by placing an urn with ashes in an open or closed or sarcophagus. A storage bin is provided for a fee.

3. How to make free a place in the cemetery for someone who had special merits to society and the state?

Step 1. Get permission to bury a person who had special merits to society and the state. You will need:

  • application (application form is issued by an employee of the Department on the spot),
  • identity document
  • , The death certificate issued by the registry office of Moscow, the applicant has the right not to submit, the data can be obtained in the course of interagency cooperation. "> Issued by the registry office,
  • These may be the following documents: a certificate of a disabled person of the Great Patriotic War, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a veteran of military service, a disabled person of military operations and a veteran of military operations, or another document certifying that the deceased has ranks, awards and other merits to the Russian Federation and the city of Moscow. " > documents confirming the right to bury the deceased in a cemetery closed for free burial,
  • certificate of cremation (in the case of applying for a permit to bury the urn with ashes).

A package of documents must be submitted to the one-window service department of the Moscow Trade and Services Department at the address: 1st Krasnogvardeisky proezd, house 21, building 1.

Step 2 Talk to . The permission of the Department must be presented to the cemetery administration together with its identity document and death certificate.

Confirmation of the registration of a place in the cemetery is the burial passport, which you must give the administration of the cemetery.

4. How to get a cemetery after death?

Step 1. Select a site and reserve it. Information on all sites intended for placement of family (clan) burial places is entered in the corresponding. You need to select a cemetery and a plot on the registry website (it should be marked with the flag “Based on death certificate (without bidding)”, click the button “Go to submitting an application for the purchase of a plot” and fill out the application. After, a notification of reservation will be sent to the e-mail address you specified, as well as an electronic procedure for concluding an agreement on the placement of a family (family) burial without bidding, a payment order, information on reservation, a standard contract, an application for concluding a contract.

"> samples of documents. The letter will indicate the deadline, no later than which you will need to contact the one-window service department of the Department of Trade and Services to draw up an agreement on the placement of a family (family) burial.

Step 2 Conclude an agreement on the placement of a family (family) burial. For this you will need:

  • statement,
  • identity document (original and copy),
  • the applicant has the right not to submit the person for whose burial the plot is provided, a death certificate issued by the civil registry office of Moscow, the data may be obtained in the course of interagency cooperation. "> issued by the civil registry office (original and copy),
  • Original payment document confirming the payment of a one-time fee.

Documents must be submitted to the one-window service department of the Moscow Trade and Services Department. He works at the address: 1st Krasnogvardeisky proezd, house 21, building 1.

On the day of the appeal you will be given an extract from the electronic registration journal. The signing of the contract and its handing over to the applicant takes place no later than the working day following the day of registration of the application.

Step 3 Refer to where the right to place a family (clan) burial is granted. You need to have:

  • a copy and the original of the signed agreement on the placement of the family (clan) burial,
  • copy and original identity document,
  • copy and original of death certificate issued by the registry office,
  • invoice for funeral services (when contacting specialized services) or certificates from the crematorium (in case of burial of the urn with ashes).

After payment for services according to the price list of the cemetery, a burial is carried out and the responsibility for the burial place is issued with the issuance of a burial passport.

5. How to get a family (family) burial during life?

Step 1. Select a plot of land. All plots available for placement of family (clan) burials are listed in. You need to select those sites that are marked with the flag “Following the results of an open auction”. Each site can be viewed on a map and photographs. The database also contains information on the size of the plots, possible methods of burial on them, the trading floor and the initial auction price for the right to create a family burial on the plot.

Step 2 Take part in the auction. Trades are held on two electronic trading platforms - roseltorg (accreditation by or on) and sberbank (accreditation by). You need to get accreditation at the site that holds an auction for the right to create a family burial site of your choice, and apply for participation in the auction.

A deposit is also required - 20% of the initial auction price. This amount should be in your bank account, it is blocked until the bidding is held, and then it is counted in favor of the final price of the contract, which the auction winner must transfer, or returned to all participants in the auction, except those who refused to conclude the contract.

After you submit an application, the operator of the electronic platform will inform you. According to the regulations, tenders are held on the 32nd calendar day from the date of the notice of the auction or, if this day is closed, on the first business day following it.

"> about the day and time of the auction.

Auction step - 5% of the initial auction price. The winner is the participant who offers the maximum amount. If subsequently he refuses to conclude an agreement on the placement of a family (family) burial, the corresponding opportunity will be offered to the auction participant who has made the penultimate offer on the auction price.

If only one person has submitted an application for participation in the auction, the auction is considered to be invalid, however, an agreement on placement of a family (family) burial is still concluded with the participant. The price in this case is set in the amount of the initial cost of the auction.

The winner of the auction must transfer the price of the contract minus the amount of the deposit to the account of the initiator of the auction within 10 days from the date of posting on the electronic platform a protocol on the results of the auction. In case of failure to transfer the price of the contract within the specified period by the details, it will be recognized as evading the conclusion of the contract, while the amount of the deposit will not be returned.

Step 3 Conclude an agreement on the placement of a family (family) burial. It can be concluded no earlier than 10 days and no later than 20 days from the date of posting on the electronic platform of the protocol on the results of the auction.

You need to contact the one-window service department of the Moscow City Trade and Services Department at the address: 1st Krasnogvardeisky proezd, house 21, building 1.

You must have:

  • identity document (copy and original),
  • document confirming payment (original) for the right to enter into an agreement.

Then, when the need arises, the burial officer will need to contact. She is obliged to provide a plot of land upon request. After the funeral, responsibility for the burial place is issued with the issuance of a burial passport.

6. How to arrange a place in the columbarium?

Columbarium is a wall with niches in which urns with ashes are stored. Niches are covered with marble slabs, on which the names, surnames, patronymics, dates of birth and death of the buried are indicated.

Open columbaria are located on the street, closed - in special rooms.

You can rent a place to store the urn at where there are columbaria. Usually it comes out much cheaper than burial in the ground. To do this, you need an identity document of the person responsible for the burial, and a death certificate.

Also, cemeteries offer a niche maintenance service. Most often, the relevant contract is concluded for one year.

Please note that after paying for services according to the price list of the cemetery, responsibility for the burial place must be issued with the issuance of a burial passport.

7. And if I already have a family burial?

In a family burial place (regardless of which cemetery it is located in), only members of one family can be buried - parents, spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, grandparents, great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers, adoptive parents and adopted, full and half children brothers and sisters.

Also, only he can make a complaint or petition to the administration of the cemetery: get permission to plant a grave, plant a monument, a cross or a fence, and the like.

You can apply in person or by notarized power of attorney.

The burial officer has not only rights: he is obliged to keep the grave hill, fence, basement, monument and flower garden assigned to him in proper form.

The burial place can be re-registered to another person if the person responsible for the burial cannot fulfill his duties or if he dies. In case of death, the contract is concluded with the person who was indicated by the deceased as the person responsible for burial.

In addition, the law provides for the possibility of sharing responsibility for graves inside a family burial (the presence of two responsible, each with a certificate for one of the two graves in the burial site).

An unclaimed dead person whose identity has not been established remains for one year. If relatives did not appear, then the deceased is buried for 5 years in the grave on a serial number. If relatives have not appeared over these five years, then exhumation and cremation are carried out. Then the ashes are placed in a common grave at the Nikolo-Arkhangelsk cemetery.

Until the moment of cremation and burial of the ashes, relatives can bury the body of the deceased, having previously passed the identification procedure.

How to find out where a person is buriedif only his personal data is known? Which organization can I contact to get this kind of information and are there public databases? We will talk about how to find out where a person is buried, and what needs to be done for this, in this article.

How to find a grave in a cemetery

Ignorance of where the grave of a deceased person close to you is located is a problem that can be solved quite simply. At each cemetery there are registration books containing data on all those buried in the given territory, about the years of their life and places that were allocated for graves. Serving cemeteries will help you navigate the terrain.

Or you can use other options.

How to start the search for the deceased

To find out where the burial is located, you can contact the registry office. Here you need to go to the death registration department. To obtain the necessary information in the specified department, you will need to present a death certificate and confirm that you are related to the deceased, or justify the reason why you need to receive information of this kind. The registry office employee can provide information not only about where the person died and in which cemetery he was buried, but also about the last place of residence of the deceased.

Based on the data received, you will need to drive to the specified cemetery and there already receive information about a specific burial place (it is stored at

How to find someone’s grave

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No organization contains data on the burial place of all the dead. If you want to find a person’s grave, you must first know when and where he died. You can use this information to find the burial place, and it will help you significantly narrow your search.