Andrew Weber: We even found these reams of these one-page leaflets that... it was a diagram of a monkey with numbered parts, the lung tissue, etc. and it said "top secret when filled in," and they would use these to determine the effectiveness of their biological weapons. Did they penetrate properly into the lungs? What impact... how long did it take for the monkeys to die, if it were a lethal agent? Or if it was an incapacitating agent, how effective was it?
This is, of course, a translation; the papers that we brought back were all in Russian. And you can see here it says "top secret when filled in," with the little diagram of the monkey, especially the lungs and the GI system. And they would track over time how the monkeys died, and this was all done in a high containment laboratory building. We could see the hookups where they would attach their breathable air. They worked in bio-safety level four, similar to a space suit situation. And it was really a very sobering... very sobering experience. But it almost came to life when Gennadiy Lepeshkin waxed nostalgic about the time he had spent there, and, you know, children were born, and they had a playground. It was just very much a part of their military service, and to hear him reminisce about, you know, the good old days when they did these large scale tests... they had unlimited resources. It was said the monkeys were fed better than a lot of the people who lived in the countryside.