The short story "God Sees the Truth, But Waits" by Leo Tolstoy tells of a merchant named Ivan Dmitrich Aksionov who is falsely accused of murdering a fellow merchant. He is sentenced to prison in Siberia, and after spending 26 years there, he meets and forgives the man who actually committed the murder, and then he dies.
The story begins as Aksionov prepares to go to the Nizhny Fair. Because of a bad dream she has had, his wife begs him not to go, but he leaves anyway. On the way, he meets a merchant he knows, and they stay at an inn together, although in separate rooms. Aksionov wakes before dawn, pays his bill, and continues on his way. However, 25 miles down the road, a police officer accompanied by two soldiers stops and questions him. The merchant he stayed with was stabbed to death, and they are investigating the murder. After searching Aksionov's things, they find the murder weapon, a blood-stained knife.
Aksionov protests his innocence, but he is put in jail pending a trial. His wife comes to visit him, but her petition to the Czar to have her husband released is refused. He is found guilty, flogged with a knot, and then sent to the prison in Siberia.