A memorial sculpture (see photo) located near the site of the crowd stampede and crowd
crush that killed 53 people at the entrance to the Nemiga subway station on
May 30, 1999.
A storm developed while approximately 2,500 people attending the annual
outdoor Troitsa (beer) Festival enjoyed a performance by Russian pop band
Mango Mango. Rain and hail began to shower the audience and other festivalgoers
causing a rush for cover.
Lacking shelter and crowd supervision, witnesses say most in the audience ran
to the nearby Nemiga underground subway station to escape the deluge. A
disastrous crush and trampling occurred in the station passageway already
populated by travelers. Those killed in the crush were almost all
concertgoers, making this horrific crowd management tragedy the worst in rock
Memorial artist Gennady Buralkin chose to represent this terrible loss of
life by sculpting a bouquet of flowers strewn across a set of granite steps.
Because 80 percent of the victims were women, Mr. Buralkin chose roses and rosebuds (for female victims younger than 16-years-old) for the bouquet. Tulips were used to represent male victims.