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The historical significance of our trip became clearer as we viewed the Mask of Sorrow, a monument to all the prisoners sent to their death under the rule of Joseph Stalin. These prisoners of unknown number (estimated between hundreds of thousands to millions) were shipped to Siberia to lay railroads, dig mines, and most notably build the Kolyman Highway. The Kolyma (the same road we traveled) is commonly known as the Road of Bones for all the prisoners who lost their lives in the harsh terrain and weather of these wilderness prison camps known as gulags.