The cemetery monument to soldiers who died liberating Chernivtsi from Nazis in 1944. The graves are on both sides
Despite its name, the cemetery has always been used to give eternal rest regardless of the dead person’s ethnicity. Most probably, this was named after Ruska ("Russian") Street nearby and initially served for burying victims of epidemics rampaging in Bukovyna. Some time later its purpose changed to burying both eminent and ordinary citizens of the city. Some mass graves from the times of the World War I can be found here. Now the Russian Cemetery has been officially recognized a historical monument.
At the end XIX – beginning XX century Chernivtsi was a multinational and multiconfessional city, its population included Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Rumanians, Moldavians, Germans, Poles, Hungarians, Armenians and some other ethnicities. This can be well tracked through epitaphs in different languages. Many gravestones have their makers' names. Now the cemetery has graves from three centuries.
Many tombs feature beautiful sculptures, true pieces of art.
Alley with graves of Austrian army soldiers died during the World War I. The text says: "Soldiers of Caesar's Royal Army Rest Here"
Both catholic and orthodox crosses
The stone between the crosses
World War II took yet many more lives...
This is how the cemetery looks from its front right-hand corner
A tomb from the years between the World Wars
A close-up to see the names
A burial vault for two families
A catholic grave
Another family burial vault with graves from end XIX - early XX centuries
A close-up of its plaque
The burial vault of a Polish family
A masterpiece of burial art
Another full of sorrow, but still lovely, tomb statue
The Russian cemetery view from Zelena St
A family grave from the 1930s
A grave in the cemetery's central part
A closer look
A combined tombstone of stone and granite
The grave of a German family