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