The major drawcard is probably the resting place of former Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev but there are numerous other noteworthies buried here.
Literary types should be overjoyed to find the graves of such acclaimed Russian authors as Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Mikhail Bulgakov, while lovers of the arts can track down the resting places of composers Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich and Aleksandr Skryabin or famous director Sergei Eisenstein. The technically minded can satisfy themselves with the grave of Andrei Tupolev while the politically minded should be excited by the graves of Vyacheslav Molotov, Pyotr Kropotkin (an anarchist considered the father of modern terrorism), Raisa Gorbacheva (wife of the last Soviet leader) and Nadezhda Allilueva (the second wife of Josef Stalin). The graves of the famous aren’t signposted so, unless you want to spend all day at the cemetery, buy the map on sale at the entrance which shows the location of a huge number of notable graves. Admission to the cemetery is effectively free since no one checks tickets but apparently you can buy them if you are so inclined.
Directions: Sportivnaya metro (Red line), exit last carriage from center. Outside take the small lane on your right and keep going straight through the park after the lane ends. On the other side of the park you will see the red walls of Novodevichy Cemetery.Sportivnaya metro (Red line), exit last carriage from center. Outside take the small lane on your right and keep going straight through the park after the lane ends. On the other side of the park you will see the red walls of Novodevichy Cemetery.