Russia’s Interior Ministry said it was investigating a gruesome find in the Siberian town of Kirensk, where several residents spotted human remains encrusted in the road earlier this month. The remains included various human bones and skulls, according to reports.
“I can’t even describe how ugly it is,” Yakutsk lawmaker Nikolay Trufanov wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “Sand with skulls and bones has been put on the roads.
Officials say municipal workers collected sand from a nearby cemetery in order to de-icing the roads. The workers are believed to have disturbed several hundred-year-old graves and collected the bones in the process.
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“They took it and did not check it,” a government source told Interfax News. “As a result, the bones ended up on the road.”
Experts are said to be examining the remains, which date back to the Russian Civil War of 1918-2020.
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It wouldn’t be the first time that bones have been discovered on a road through Siberia.
The infamous Kolyma Road has long been known as the “Bone Road” due to the thousands of Gulag prisoners who died while building it. The brutal Stalin regime of the Soviet Union ordered these prisoners to be buried on the road, and the bones are sometimes dug up by the weather conditions to this day.
Construction projects also occasionally find bones near WWII battle sites.
Investigators are looking for a local contractor in Kirensk to find out exactly how the latest incident happened.
The bones were removed from the road.
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