Museums /Historical-Memorial Complex in Abez settlement (department of the Inta Local History Museum)
The Historical-Memorial Complex in the settlement of Abez comprises a Memorial Cemetery, the largest of the former numbered cemeteries, and a Museum. The public Museum was created in 1989 on the initiative of the local historian V.V. Lozhkin. In the beginning the Museum was located in V.V. Lozhkin’s own home. In 1999 the cemetery was awarded the status of Memorial Cemetery; in the same year Museum was granted premises in the school building. The Museum hosts an exhibition on the history of the camps in Abez, displaying work tools and objects from the prisoners’ everyday life, photographs and biographical materials, copies of archival documents, contemporary photographs showing the remains of camp buildings and cemeteries, correspondence with relatives of Abez prisoners and with the MVD archives of the Komi Republic. In 2001 the Abez Museum became a department of the Inta Local History Museum. In 2004 the Museum moved from the school building to less suitable premises and as a result some of the particularly valuable exhibits were donated to the Inta Local History Museum for permanent storage. (Information from June 2010). 
 
 
 
 
NameHistorical-Memorial Complex in Abez settlement (department of the Inta Local History Museum)
 
LocationKomi Republic//
 
Address169810, Respublika Kom, Inta, s. Abez
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsAleksandr Dmitrievich Merzlikin, Research associate
Tel. (+7-82145) 65004, Tel./fax (+7-82145) 62195
e-mail: intamuseum@yandex.ru
 
Description of museumThe cemetery on the territory of the settlement of Abez belonged to the invalid division of the MinLag and is the largest of the former numbered cemeteries. In 1989 the local historian V.V. Lozhkin initiated and supervised the restoration and memorialisation of the cemetery, which was carried out by members of the Abez division of the Ukhta-Pechora “Memorial” society. V.V. Lokshin also initiated, in the same year, the creation of a public Museum of the cemetery, which displays an exhibition on the history of the camps in Abez. In the beginning the Museum was located in V.V. Lozhkin’s own home. In 1999 it was granted premises in the school building. In 2001 the Abez Museum became a department of the Inta Local History Museum. In 2004 the Museum moved from the school building to less suitable premises and as a result some of the particularly valuable exhibits were donated to the Inta Local History Museum for permanent storage. V.V. Lozhkin has been expanding the collection since 1989. It contains work tools and objects from the prisoners’ everyday life, photographs and biographical materials, copies of archival documents, contemporary photographs showing the remains of camp buildings and cemeteries, correspondence with relatives of Abez prisoners and with the MVD archives of the Komi Republic. Improvement of the cemetery is scheduled for 2010, in particular the replacement of wooden memorial plaques with metal ones, and the erection of a monument to L.P. Karsavin.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject From 1989 until the present day
 
Beginning (year)1989
 
Creator of collectionLozhkin Viktor Vasil'evich
 
Current state of collectionAt the moment the Historical-Memorial Complex in Abez is under reconstruction. The building that will house the Museum is finished, decoration and exhibition planning are underway. There are plans to erect monuments L.P. Karsavin and N.N. Punin.
 
PersonsLozhkin Viktor Vasil'evich, Founder of the Museum
 
PersonsMerzlikin Aleksandr Dmitrievich, Research associate
 
Link to index of museumsInta Local History Museum
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Historical-Memorial Complex in Abez settlement (department of the Inta Local History Museum)