Nyamiha Metro Station Memorial – Minsk, Belarus - Atlas Obscura

Nyamiha Metro Station Memorial

Dedicated to the lives lost during a fatal stampede in the Nyamiha Station.  

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On May 30, 1999, the people of Minsk gathered by the Svisloch River for a festive event commemorating the second anniversary of the Mir radio station, featuring a concert by Mango-Mango. 

However, a thunderstorm erupted accompanied by heavy hail. In a rush to seek shelter from the weather, around 2,500 young individuals, crowded into the underpass of the Nemiga metro station. Poor design and the absence of handrails led to individuals slipping on wet tiles. Unaware of the unfolding danger, the pushing crowd sparked a stampede, with the intervening policemen only managing to stop a portion of the crowd.

The stampede resulted in the tragic loss of 53 lives, including two heroic police officers, Foreman Vladimir Govin and Senior Sergeant Gennady Ryabokon. Additionally, over 250 people suffered injuries of varying severity. 

In remembrance of the lives lost in the stampede, a memorial was built outside the Nyamiha metro station. The memorial is a symbol of collective mourning and a solemn dedication to never forget the lives tragically taken too soon. It offers a place for contemplation and paying respects to the victims.

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