As part of the military and memorial work carried out by the Russian Embassy in Belgium in 2010, burial sites of two Soviet citizens were found in the village of Champlon, Tenneville district of the Belgian province of Luxembourg. Originally fixed crosses or gravestones were apparently lost. Only on a cemetery wall near which there was a place for two graves, the plate with an inscription in French “To our Russian comrades” remained.

According to the information found in the Russian military archives, Soviet partisans who escaped from German captivity in Belgium and then fought in the ranks of the Belgian Resistance, Timofey Pushkin (born in 1916, Mordovian ASSR, died on 26.08.1944) and Boris Tonkitskiy (born in 1924, lived in Kursk, died on 07.07.1944) are buried here.

At the burial place of the heroes who fell in the fight against Nazism during the Great Patriotic War, the Russian Embassy at the expense of the state budget of the Russian Federation erected a grey granite monument. There is an inscription in French on the gravestone: “Here rest the Russian soldiers Timofey Pushkin (1916–26.08.1944) and Boris Tonkitskiy (1924–07.07.1944)”.

The burial is included in the list of places, where annually on May 9, flower-laying ceremonies by employees of the Russian Foreign Missions accredited in Belgium are held.



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».