The first GOST for mass graves in Russia will be effective from February

The standard, the text of which is published by the Ministry, was developed for the first time and will enter into force on February 1, 2022. The document, in particular, defines the requirements for the burial grounds, the location of the walls of sorrow and the distance between the coffins.

According to GOST, the choice of the burial site should “ensure an indefinitely long period of existence of the burial site” and be selected taking into account the rules of the settlement development, terrain features and maximum permissible loads on the environment. The plot area should not exceed 40 hectares. Burials are not allowed to be carried out, in particular in the first and second zones of the sanitary protection zone of the water supply source and on the shores of water bodies used for bathing and household needs.

The distance between the bodies of the dead according to GOST should be at least 0.5 m vertically and horizontally. The gaps between burials should be filled with a layer of earth and a layer of brushwood. Regional executive authorities should create stocks of coffins, pathoanatomic bags, personal protective equipment and other means for urgent burials in peacetime. The burial of the dead from particularly dangerous infections should be carried out in galvanized, hermetically sealed coffins.



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