In May 1999, I spent about two weeks participating in a journalist exchange program in the City of Novokuznetsk in Sibera, Russia (about 200 miles from the Chinese and Mongolian borders).
This week, the world learned about Novokuznetsk after an explosion at a coal mine there killed 108 miners and other workers -- making it one of the worst mining accidents in recent history.
There's an AP story at CNN.com with details from funerals.
O-R Editor Park Burroughs also has coverage at his blog. Park organized our trip to Novokuznetsk back in '99.