At the city cemetery of Han-sur-Lesse (Namur province) there is a burial site of two Soviet citizens. Their names are not known for certain, but there is speculation that one was Fedor Sidorov, a partisan who died (possibly of wounds) on August 17, 1944 in the city of Han-sur-Lesse, and the other was Anatoly, listed in the documents as “skier”, died on August 16, 1944 in the city of Ave-et-Auffe.

The gravestones have marble plates which say “Soldat Russe inconnu” (“Unknown Russian soldier”).

The third grave on the site is the burial site of a Belgian partisan, who died together with his Russian comrades.

At the site of the death of Anatoly and the Belgian Resistance member, 3 km away from the city, a monument was erected in 1970 by local residents (see Han-sur-Lesse, monument).

Annual memorial ceremonies











Dear visitors,

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that spelling of the names, surnames and places of birth of Soviet citizens buried in Belgium may be distorted due to the fact that they are quite often written only in Flemish and French in registration books and on monuments.

We thank the Brussels-Belgian Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, the organizations of Russian compatriots and Russian foreign institutions accredited in Belgium for providing photos and their efforts to preserve the memory of the heroism of the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Great Patriotic War.

The Embassy will be grateful for providing any information and photos of Soviet military graves of the Second World War in Belgium and the ceremonies held on them. Please send material to the email address of the Embassy amrusbel@skynet.be with the note «War Graves».