Hoves /Silly

In the churchyard of the village Hoves near the city of Silly there is a grave of the Soviet partisan Karl Kondratevich Kondratev, born on 1918, native of the village of Khirlepy, Alikovsky district, Sharypkhinsky Selsoviet of the Chuvash ASSR

K. Kondratev, 40s

K. Kondratev was member of the Belgian Resistance Unit “White Army”, participated in various operations of local partisans. According to witnesses, he, along with a group of Resistance fighters, was spotted by a German patrol in Hoves, after the shooting he tried to shake off surveillance, but the bullet caught him in one of the private gardens.

There are two graves of the hero. One of them was made by the local authorities or his comrades, with a dilapidated wooden cross and a blue metal plate (was completely restored in December 1999), indicating in Russian his full name, year of birth and date of death of the partisan, as well as the circumstances of his death: “Died in a battle against the Germans. 4.9.1944. Kondratev Karl, 1918, Chuvash ASSR, Narynkino. Partisan.” The second one – a marble copy of the old gravestone – was erected in 2000 by the Russian Embassy in Belgium. The unveiling of the monument on May 2, 2000 was attended by A.A. Avdeev, the first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

K. Kondratev's funeral and first grave


"Historical" grave of K. Kondratev (restored in December 1999)

Grave restored by the Russian Embassy in Belgium

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».