Gulag grave hunter unearths uncomfortable truths in Russia

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Supporters of Yury Dmitriyev say he is being held as a political prisoner by a state that would rather forget Soviet repression

The pine trees creak and rustle ominously beneath even the faintest breeze, as if the vast forest between Lake Onega and the Finnish border remains reluctant to give up its dark secrets.

The secret police brought 6,241 gulag prisoners to these woods during Joseph Stalin’s Great Terror in 1937-8, put them face-down in pits dug in the sandy soil, and shot them in the back of the head with a revolver. As their remains decayed, the earth above each mass grave sank into the ground.

It wasn’t just bones but the bones of people I knew, whose children I knew

Related: Stalin’s secret police finally named but killings still not seen as crimes

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