On May 19 2012, the Russian club in Harbin (RCH), with financial support from
the Harbin-Chinese Historical Society (HCHS), Sydney, Australia, held
a Saturday work day (Subotnik) in order to bring the Russian section
of the cemetery in Huangshan in order. The work plan was agreed with the Chinese Orthodox community of Holy
Protection Church in Harbin, under whose economic management the
territory of the cemetery is found.
On the Saturday work day, 22 enthusiasts came - 6 men and 16 members of
the fairer sex (age spread - from 7 to 76 years). A bus was
commissioned, gloves were bought, garbage bags, drinking water,
all the necessary tools prepared - shovels, sickles for cutting grass,
rakes, and saws, most of which the Chinese side gave.
The men sawed and rooted out the lilac trees. The girl collected the
garbage, leaves, mowed the grass and small bushes, and painted the
faded letters on the old monuments. They collected 16 large bags of
trash and leaves. Total cleared of undergrowth were about 40 graves.
In the course of the work, a fallen Orthodox burial cross covered with earth and
leaves was found. When it was lifted, they saw an
inscription on it: "N.N.Rimskaya-Karsakova" (it was through the letter
"a"), without dates of life. The Cross was set up at the same place where
it was found.
The grave stone with the inscription "Eternal
memory to my dear baby goddaughter Marochka. Born July 29, 1944, died
October 20, 1944." was found and dug up.
Another plate of Nina Indrikovna Gaile was found (June 5, 1929-January 31, 1940): "Sleep baby, sleep in the quiet grave in this place till our Lord
Himself shall come, and will take you to eternity."
Thus, the list of burial names, which RCH has compiled in the last
year and a half, increased by three names. Eternal rest to you,
Russian people, who found the last resting place in the land of
After the hard work our team went to eat in a small restaurant in
Daoli. On behalf of the Harbin-China Historical Society (whose
president is Igor Kazimirovich Savitsky), the cost of refreshments for
work day participants were also covered by HCHS. The meal went, as
they say in official documents, "in a warm and friendly atmosphere."
Finally all the participants were given archival issues of the journal
"Friendship banks" and the issue of the journal "Russian Asia".
Thanks to all participants of work day: first of all, its organizer Sergei Eremin, Slave and Pavlu Rozhkov,
Gregory Legonkov, Ivan from Hagunda, Roman Chukmasovu from
Blagoveshchensk, Lyudmila and Julia Boiko, the most charming our
7-year assistant Taisia Sun, Ella Yeryomina, Sokol Larissa, Larissa
Zhebokritskaja, Vassilieva Janna, Dyatlova Marina, Svete, two Katya's
and five of our young and cute assistants. Thank you for your time and
effort for the benefit of preserving the memory of the Russian people,
who were buried in Harbin!
The Russian club and HCHS plan to continue the practice to spend Saturday
work days in the cemetery "Huangshan". Watch for our ads and participate in club events!
Until next time!