Saturday, July 27, 2019

First Paragraph

In spring 1989 a group of students from the Memorial Society entered a pine forest near Barnaul in western Siberia carrying shovels and tarpaulin bags. They were seeking the site of a mass burial ground of Stalin's victims. There had long been rumors about burial pits in the area. But before perestroika, few had the courage to search for them.

- From It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past by David Satter

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