Unidentified corpses of drunkards, homeless people and aborted children are being buried on Vyborg’s cemetery in the paupers’ graves in violation of government rules. A decent burial is not available for everybody in the town, located in the Leningrad region. The cemetery urges for expansion, but local authorities don’t have money for it.
From 2005, the management of Vesta funeral home, which is in charge of town’s cemetery, violates the law systematically. It uses lands in the nearby forest for graves. Nobody renounces this: the organization should bury people anyway. Both the chief forest officer and the head of local branch of Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights are perfectly aware on the issue.
Lack of funding is the question: it costs 4 million rubles (around €100 thousand) to get one hectare of land out of forestry while Russian Pension Foundation assigns 1000 times less money for one funeral of “the rootless one”. Construction of a crematorium could simplify the situation. However, such a facility is unfavorable for the funeral home management and for the corrupt grave-diggers who are being bribed to “hold” grave places for living people.
On the prospects of “collective graves” muses in his investigation Vyborg journalist Alexey Sokolov. The investigation was published at Independent Vyborg Portal.
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