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Human remains have been found scattered along an icy highway in Russia.
Police have launched an investigation after skulls, bones, and sand were discovered on the road in the Irkutsk region.
It's believed the intention was to use the remains to grit the road in order to prevent vehicles from skidding.
Sinister photographs from the scene have been released, with local MP Nikolay Trufanov describing it as 'horrendous'.
He said: "Sand mixed with skulls and bones was sprinkled on a road in Kirensk.
"The highway services took the sand from land close to a graveyard, according to preliminary information.
"I can't even describe how horrendous this is.
"I hope the law-enforcement agencies will investigate this as quickly as possible."
According to reports, locals in the area believe the remains may belong to those killed during the Russian Civil War following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
The road on which the bones were found is called Partisan Alymov Street, named after a communist Red fighter against the Whites.
A local hero, Timofei Alymov was entrusted with keeping the gold bullion seized by Lenin's Bolshevik forces from the Whites.
However, he was eventually killed by the forces of Admiral Alexander Kolchak, leader of the Whites, in Kirensk.
It's rumoured that he may have been buried in the war grave which was dug up by highway engineers looking for sand to sprinkle on the road.
It's not yet known what local authorities plan to do with the remains now.
This comes after a 5000 year-old skull was discovered by a team of Russian archaeologists that suggests its owner underwent ancient brain surgery - and most probably died from it.
Trepanation is a now well-known ancient surgery technique where a hole is made in the skull, and archeologists matched pictures of the unearthed skull with 3D imagery to deduce that this poor man - likely in his 20s - had undergone the procedure.
The skull and the bones of rest of the Bronze Age torso were found in a deep grave in the Crimea region of Russia, alongside two flint arrowheads.
"The ancient 'doctor' definitely had a 'surgical set' of stone tools," said the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
"Judging by the position of the bones, the body of the deceased was carefully laid on its back, slightly turned on its left side, the legs were strongly bent at the knees and turned to the left," they added.
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