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Transcripts of meetings at executive committee of Leningrad’s City Council, November 1941 – December 1942


Transcripts of meetings at executive committee of Leningrad’s City Council, November 1941 – December 1942


Kuskov A.A., chairman of Vasileoostrovskiy district executive committee.

  • About the space at Dekabristov Island. It had no cemetery. We organized a space there to bury those killed by bombardments. Now its full. Up to a thousand dead bodies arrive every day. We have organized special brigades which work overnight. 200 people every day. And we conduct burials even at night time. Up to a thousand people a day.

Last night, when the cemetery was closed due to being full, dead bodies were dumped at the neighboring Sverdlovsky district. At night, workers at Sverdlovsky district collected a hundred dead bodies, brought it to a cemetery and threw those around in different places – instead of bundling those and bringing to us. The executive committee must not allow such horrible actions.

Reshkin V.M, deputy chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

  • There’s no order at cemeteries. People are buried in a random order. Sanitary norms are not observed. Caskets are opened, dead bodies are extracted by their feet and hair and dumped into trenches. And there’s a claim that more bodies can be buried without caskets. The executive committee must put an effort to cease those practices. Leningrad’s cemeteries must be put into exemplary order.

Peregud A. I., deputy chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

  • Intensify corpse collection at apartments. There are cases when dead bodies stay inside for 15 to 20 days

Popkov P.S, chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– I have visited the Serafimovskoye cemetery, it has the worst situation. There’s one hut for registering, an empty hut next to it and the wooden church is empty. If you don’t rectify the situation tomorrow, I will put you into prison, along with the deputies. And the case will be prioritized. A deputy is running around the cemetery, dead bodies wrapped in rags everywhere, yet he doesn’t do anything about it. We have put a negligent fool here! He cannot do a thing!


Popkov P.S, chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– The number of neglected children in the streets of the city is growing. We need urgent measures. Very often we find children of pre-school age. We need to do something about it.

Murashko P.H, Popkov P.S, chairman of Volodarskiy district executive committee.

– I am running out space. I’m urging you to increase the number of spaces in child care homes of Volodarsky district to 200.

Bubnov A.A, chirman of a district executive committee.

– There’s also the matter of food for children. We need to provide the cantinas with soups. We would need a ton of grits for the whole city – if we provide food for 50 thousand children at cantinas. I now have four thousand kids eating at those. I’m bringing this number to 8 thousand. But I’m running out of food stamps.

Popkov P.S, chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– We might need to organize commission of deputies within district executive committees to work with children. They will have to determine child neglect and take care of those. Otherwise these children would die


Baranov N.N., deputy chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– We are paying a lot of attention to inner yards now. This is correct. Those have to be checked. But we must also pay attention to another thing. Basements and far corners – those might have sewage and decaying corpses. We need not only to conduct external checks, but also need to look into hard-to-reach places.

There are several big buildings in the city. Those are quite dirty. For instance, Kazansky Cathedral. It feels bad even passing it by. It almost looks like a giant toilet. Public toilet in central city. District councils must allocate brigades to clean those buildings. Because there’s a great risk of an epidemic.

Ponomarev N. I, secretary of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– There’s another question. The situation with heating pipes is very bad. This could lead to sewage clogging. And that, in turn, could lead to epidemic.

Popkov P.S, chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– Just listen to who the workers are directing their rage at! You’d be lucky if it’s not you. But they are cursing the Soviet authorities. How are we allowing this? How can you feel no shame about bringing the city into such state? I think you are ashamed to show up in front of the workers and that’s why you are hiding. We are giving you 10 days. And those who are not helping in 10 days, will have a case launched against them for jeopardizing the executive committee’s decision. And those will go straight to the military prosecutor


Konev R.S, chairman of LenSkupTorg

– We need to urgently extract belongings from apartments and relocate those to warehouses, where those would be registered. In essence, property is being stolen before being registered. After registration, much fewer things are stolen.


– The matter of treating dystrophy has not been reflected in the project. We need to urge GorZdrav to come up with suggestions on the matter. And then raise the issue of providing more food during that period. That applies to around 30 thousand dystrophins.

Popkov P.S, chairman of Leningrad’s city executive committee.

– We won’t be able to re-visit this issue until normal operation of the ice road through the Ladoga Lake