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Dyatlov Pass: Mihail Sharavin

Interview with Mihail Sharavin 2007-2008

Mihail Sharavin was in Slobtsov group, one of the first to land near Otorten. He and Slobtsov found Dyatlov group tent on 26th of Feb 1959, he and Koptelov found the first two frozen bodies under the cedar tree on the 27th. Sharavin then had a ski accident right there on the pass, and was taken to Ivdel hospital where he remained for 21 days. He was not questioned by the authorities. Neither was Koptelov. Sharavin's recollections are important for establishing the facts so poorly documented by the official investigation.
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Dyatlov Pass: Kyshtym disaster memorial

The day Russia nuked itself: The Kyshtym disaster

The Kyshtym disaster was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a plutonium production site for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Soviet Union. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Chernobyl disaster (both Level 7 on the INES).
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Banksy bomb hugger

"Bomb huggers" by Galina Sazonova

This overview of by Galina Sazonova of the cold war and arm race times in which the Kyshtym disaster happened explains in objective and informative way what led to the accident. Sure negligence, shortsightedness and lack of respect for human life were main causes, but how did the events unfold. This we only know from the Los Alamos report to the CIA. Russian Federation is still secretive about the specifics of the catastrophe. Still, there were more than one player on the playground. And the toys were human life and the environment.
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Dyatlov Pass: Yuri Krivonischenko with a friend

Interview with Yuri's elder brother - Konstantin Krivonischenko

To many researchers of this tragedy, Yuri Krivonischenko seems to be a rather mysterious person. It is known that he worked at the Mayak secret nuclear enterprise. It is believed that he was a KGB recruit. Yuri’s clothes turned out to be radioactive. For some reason, Yuri Krivonischenko, as well as another victim - Semyon Zolotaryov, was buried separately from other hikers in a prestigious and already closed city cemetery.
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Dyatlov Pass: Watermelon snow, odd phenomenon caused by a cold-loving algae


In this infamous case there is a persistent talk about brown-red or orange discoloration of the of skin of the victims and their clothes. Lets track this claims to their origin, and see what they amount to.
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Dyatlov Pass: Genrietta Eliseevna Makushkin (Churkina)

"Experts can not be blamed for anything!"

Interview by Maya Piskareva with Igor Olegovich Makushkin, the son of the same expert on Dyatlov case - Genrietta Eliseevna Churkina who examined the tent and was present at the autopsies of the last 4 bodies found in May 1959.
Her son became forensic expert in the same Sverdlovsk forensic research laboratory, and he is now a Professor of Forensic Science. His mother was confiding in him as a colleague, but on his opinion there were secrets that she took with her.
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Dyatlov Pass: Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko) letter

Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko) letter

"I remember that she was telling and showing a sweatshirt and a sweater, both ruined. Tinted with orange powder. It seems all the dead were orange. My brother Volodya studied in UPI at this time. He met with relatives of the victims and reported all the versions to my mother. Then the relatives were told not to go there anymore. To drop it. No one will tell them anything."
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Dyatlov Pass: Interview Navig with Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko)

Interview Navig with Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko)

"I think that there were tests of new weapons and something went south. They were caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Namely, it is connected with military equipment. No doubt about it. Nothing else. Avalanche is nonsense... The color of their skin confirms it... I just heard what my mother said - orange."
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Dyatlov Pass: Interview M.P. with Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko)

Interview M.P. with Irina Rashevskaya (Doroshenko)

"Yuri Doroshenko was born on January 29, 1938. He was born, grew up, studied, graduated from high school, entered the Institute of Radio Engineering, became interested in ski hiking, like almost all his fellow students of those years, went on an expedition and died. On that trek, a few days before his death, he turned 21. What do we know about him? Almost nothing."
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Expedition Unknown Josh Gates, Teddy Hadjiyska and Mike Libecki

Off The Map

"It's not that I had a revelation, but being on the spot where it happen just makes it personal experience, and I have a better understanding why nothing make sense. Pitching the tent where it was found doesn't make any sense. Going down to the cedar tree instead back to the labaz makes perfect sense - you can't go against the wind, it's brutal, you won't make it even to the memorial. We had almost same temperatures and wind that are recorded in the diaries -13°C, -26°C at night and warm south-west wind. I stood in the middle of the night in that exact spot and looked at what Dyatlov group saw. I felt the mighty mountain and the doom of life. But I couldn't understand why..."
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Dyatlov Pass Expedition Unknown Siberia's Coldest Case

Expedition Unknown Siberia's Coldest Case

"Siberia's Coldest Case" premieres in US on Discovery Channel Wednesday, Sep 4th, 9PM EST

Josh Gates concludes his in-depth investigation of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Taking on Dead Mountain's brutal conditions, Josh and two investigators re-trace the last steps of the hikers. A big discovery could finally solve the mystery. – IMDB

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Dyatlov Pass Expedition Unknown Mystery of Dead Mountain

Expedition Unknown Mystery of Dead Mountain

"Mystery of Dead Mountain" premieres in US on Discovery Channel Wednesday, Aug 28th, 9PM EST

Braving sub-zero conditions of Siberia, Josh Gates investigates the Dyatlov Pass incident, during which nine hikers died under suspicious circumstances in 1959. – IMDB

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Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel

This season, Josh Gates connects with innovative researchers and uses cutting-edge technology to tackle history’s most challenging mysteries. The search for answers – and adventure – will take him into the most extreme climates on the planet, as he braves sub-zero temperatures to snowmobile across the Siberian Tundra investigating one of the coldest cases of the Cold War: the baffling deaths of nine hikers on Russia’s infamous Dead Mountain. – Discovery Newsroom

Mystery of the fireballs by Lev Ivanov

"Mystery of the fireballs" by Lev Ivanov

"On the scene of the incident we found that some young trees on the forest tree line have traces of burning, but they are not in concentric shape or any other system. There was no epicenter. This once again confirmed a source of heat ray or completely unknown to us energy acting selectively - the snow was not melted, the trees were not damaged. It seemed like when the hikers walked on their feet more than five hundred meters down from the mountain, someone dealt with some of them as direct targets..."
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Hamar-Daban tragedy

Buryatia Dyatlov Pass

There were seven of them: three girls, three young men from the Petropavlovsk Azimut tourclub, and their 41-year-old group leader Lyudmila Korovina, Master of sports in hiking. The group set off on a designated route of category IV difficulty to Hamar-Daban. Only one of them returned. Many find some parallels between Dyatlov Pass incident and Hamar-Daban tragedy.
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Dyatlov Pass: Interview with Commander Potyazhenko

Interview with Commander Potyazhenko

Men in black fur coats, reluctant search dogs, broken off heel from frozen body... If you wonder where did all this come from here is the answer. Victor Potyazhenko claims that it was he who discovered the tent on the slope during flying over the pass with Ortyukov. A group of comrades in black sheepskin coats were on the ground, with a small tent pitched in the forest i.e. there were people present already. It can be assumed that Ortyukov was in the dark about the big game, started by someone... Victor Potyazhenko was then a flight commander. He is also supposed to be the pilot Ortyukov threaten with a gun, but Potyazhenko says that this never happened.
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Dyatlov Pass: Maslennikov 2nd notebook afterthoughts

Maslennikov 2nd notebook afterthoughts

Do you see any traces of cover up or attempts to obstruct the search or hide evidence? Don't just read other people's opinion, make up your own mind. Here are the writings of the man who lead the search. It's a good start. I will give you some pointers that I found interesting while reading.

Dyatlov Pass: Maslennikov 2nd notebook

Maslennikov 2nd notebook

Maslennikov's notebooks were not part of the criminal case. They have never been looked at during the investigation. This is the first time when they have been published in their entirety with full transcript in both Russian and English. The second notebook raises some controversial questions. It is a very interesting reading about the way search was executed, the moral climate and how time and findings affected the rescue members. Also the reaction of the leaders. Do you see any traces of cover up or attempts to obstruct the search or hide evidence? Don't just read other people's opinion, make up your own mind. Here are the writings of the man who led the search.
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Dyatlov Pass: Maslennikov notebook

Maslennikov notebook

Maslennikov Evgeniy Polikarpovich, (1924-1978) Master of Sports, Head of the UPI sports club, leading the search operation in 1959. He was expecting the search to be over in a much shorter period of time, hence the 12 sheet first notebook. The second notebook is four time bigger. The reality got to him. And the searches were still far from over.
Transcript in both Russian and English is published for first time on this site.
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Dyatlov Pass: Mystery of the mountain of the dead (2013)

"Mystery of the mountain of the dead" (2013)

This is so far the best reenactment of the group's behavior in the days leading to their demise.
Instructions how to turn auto translate Russian captions to English. Not the best but better than nothing. See the movie →

Dyatlov Pass: Yuri Yudin

Yuri Yudin

Yuri Yudin, born July 19 1937, died April 27 2013 aged 75.
The sole survivor of the Dyatlov Pass incident.
His life was not easy. He left his heart on the pass. Never married, buried himself in work and activities so he doesn't have to stay alone with the ghosts of his friends that remained forever frozen on the ill fated pass. Till the end of his days he didn't forgive himself for not dying with them. Yudin could never give any account of the events in January-February 1959 after he turn back from 2nd Northern settlement to Yekaterinburg due to worsening inflammation of sciatic nerve. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: In Fact 1 July 2019

In Fact 1 July 2019

Forensic pathologist Eduard Tumanov considers that on Krivonischenko's body were signs of torture with fire. Tumanov took part in the expedition with the prosecutors 3 months ago.
For English turn on CC and Settings > auto translation for English Youtube →

The rest is not much different from what we discussed in the forum http://forum.dyatlovpass.com/index.php?topic=333.0

New petition to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia

A petition to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, from the Dyatlov Memorial Foundation will be presented in Yekaterinburg on June 26 at a round table, which will be held in the ITAR-TASS press center. The petition was signed by activists of the foundation, representatives of the Russian Geographical Society, as well as relatives of the dead hikers - Igor Dyatlov, Yuri Doroshenko and Rustem Slobodin.

It is expected that the sister of Igor Dyatlova Tatyana Perminova will personally take part in the round table. Participants will also perform a search job in 1959. Peter Bartholomew, Vladislav Karelin and Mikhail Sharavin, tragedy researchers Alexei Budrin, Alexander Alekseenkov and Vladimir Borzenkov, forensic expert Vladimir Ankudinov. “Russian Geographical Society” will be represented by extreme traveler Vladimir Rykshin and leaders Sverdlovsk Branch of the Russian Geographical Society.

Activists of the Dyatlov group’s memory fund and his supporters forced the prosecutor’s investigation into the death of Ural hikers to contact the Investigative Committee. Representatives of the supervisory authority stated that they stopped at three versions of what happened in 1959 on the Dyatlov Pass: a hurricane, an avalanche and a snowslab. Most of the activists of the Dyatlov Fund disagree with this - they insist on a “military version”, according to which Dyatlov group became witnesses or victims of weapon tests, after which they were eradicated.

"...While witnesses and participants of the search of those years are still alive, until the material evidences are not gone, until the environment of the incident is not trampled down, while the archives still store documents and evidence."

Letter is signed:

From relatives – Tatyana Perminova (Dyatlova)

From the Russian Geographical Society – Vladimir Rykshin

From Dyatlov Friends – Aleksey Budrin, Petr Bartholomew

From researchers – Vladimir Borzenkov

From advocacy – Evgeniy Chernousov

Dyatlov Pass: New petition to the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia


“We demand the initiation of a normal criminal case” - Igor Dyatlov's sister, who died with his group in 1959, turned to Bastrykin - full transcription

How did Dyatlov group die. Round table on the results of the investigation of the Prosecutor General - full video

Other links:

Why did Dyatlov group die

Relatives of Dyatlov group members ask the Federal Investigation Committee to conduct an objective investigation of the tragedy at the pass

They were killed by a rocket and radiation: Ural resident who met Dyatlov not far from the pass told his version of the tragedy

The head of the Investigative Committee will be asked to conduct a new investigation into the death of Dyatlov group

Karelin, member of the search operation told that a rocket killed Dyatlov group


Dyatlov Pass: Return To Dead Mountain

Return To Dead Mountain

Bedtime Stories produced new video on Richard Holmgren's Katabatic wind theory. Watch the video →

If anyone would like to learn more about the Swedish expedition to Dyatlov Pass in 2019 or about the Anaris incident in 1978 here is an interesting read →

Dyatlov Pass: Igor and Lyuda (V grade)

Interview with Igor Dubinin

Conversation between "Center of civil investigation of the tragedy of Dyatlov group" and Igor Alexandrovich Dubinin regarding Dyatlov case 07 Aug 2008, Berezovskiy, Sverdlovsk region
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Dyatlov Pass: 3D model by Katinas

3D model by Katinas

Katinas is a member of Russian forum taina.li and he has tried, and succeeded in my opinion, to pin point where does the parting with Blinov group took place in Vizhay. This is most probably where the Gaz-63 that took Dyatlov group to 41st logging settlement also left off at 13:10 on 26 Jan 1959. Katinas used characteristic utility poles, fences and buildings to prove that the location is in front of the Communication center in Vizhay.
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Dyatlov Pass: Vizhay


Our collection of maps and old photos of Vizhay and its people. Dyatlov group spent the night of 25-26 Jan 1959 in Vizhay. Igor Dyatlov and Zina Kolmogorova sent their last letters from the Post office in Vizhay.
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Dyatlov Pass: Lyudmila Dubinina

Lyudmila Dubinina 12 MAY 1938 - 2 FEB 1959

On this date we are commemorating the life and mysterious death of Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Dubinina.
Today Lyuda would have been 81 years old, but she will for forever remain frozen in time at age of 20.
She was buried on her birthday.

Dyatlov Pass: Dubinina's premonition

Dubinina's premonition

What was tormenting Lyuda's mind in the days before the tragedy, was she feeling the impending doom or was she just a troubled soul? The entries in her diaries raise many questions, and the coincidences make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Read more →

We also have the opinion on the subject from Sabine Lechtenfeld, forensic psychologist from Hannover, Germany Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Funerals in May 1959

Funerals in May 1959 - 60 years to the day

On May 12 Lyudmila Dubinina, Aleksander Kolevatov and Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle were buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery, in a plot designated to UPI. Semyon Zolotaryov's funeral was a few days after May 12. It was delayed so his mother could attend. She had to travel from Krasnodar to Sverdlovsk. Semyon Zolotaryov, since he was not a UPI contingent, was buried in Ivanovskoe cemetery where Yuri Krivonischenko was rested in peace on March 9. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Dyatlov group den

The discovery of the last 4 bodies

The events from this date on were game changer for Dyatlov group case. Their deaths had to be looked into. They couldn't be so easily brushed as death from exposure to the elements. There are many facts that can't be explained with any theories to this day.
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Dyatlov Pass: Search operation 1959

Counting skis

There are different accounts in the case files to how many pair of skis were under the bottom of the tent, and what happened to the spare pair of skis Dyatlov group were bringing to the trek.
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Dyatlov Pass: Vladimir Askinadzi holding a partridge that will make their May 1st holiday dinner

Chicken a la Otorten

Excerpts from Vladimir Askinadzi's personal archive and memoirs "We are the last of the Mohicans"
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Dyatlov Pass: Grigoriy Anisimovich Fedoseev and his guide Vasiliy Nikolaevich Mishtenko

Does it sound familiar?

Similar cases are describer in "On the Road of Trial" by geologists Grigoriy Fedoseev. Conspiralogists find it possible that the cover up is inspired by the events described in this book. Note the year when the book was published - 1958.
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Dyatlov Pass: Conspiracy or negligence

Conspiracy or negligence

The date on the cover of the official Case file is 6 February 1959. How’s this possible if Dyatlov group was not even due back by that time? The conspiracy advocates point this as a clear evidence that the investigation started before the official discovery of the first dead bodies.
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Dyatlov Pass: Pashin and Cheglakov

When was the tent found and why was it kept a secret for two days

There is another big mystery in the Dyatlov case to which many researchers for some reason did not pay attention, and this is the behavior of two searchers: local forester Pashin and his friend Cheglakov, that conducted themselves strange at the least.
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Dyatlov Pass: Eduard Viktorovich Tumanov

Tumanov's theory that there has been altercation on the pass

Well known pathologist involved with Dyatlov case, Eduard Tumanov, is pushing a theory that hikers took part in a fight, either between them or with outsiders. He is not partial to any of the two versions. His observations are purely based on the autopsy reports and mainly what is missing from them. Tumanov's opinion is that all bodies should be exhumed and subjected to a new full autopsy for missed or omitted on purpose details. He is pointing at the discrepancies and violations when the bodies were first protocoled.
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Dyatlov Pass: Methanol poisoning theory

Methanol poisoning theory

Fans of this theory point out the following aspects of hikers behavior that might be explained with methanol poisoning:

  • cutting up the tent form inside - decreased level of consciousness, poor coordination
  • going down the slope abreast, instead behind each other i.e. holding hands - blindness
  • cutting up branches to make fire while there is dry wood laying around the cedar tree - blindness
  • high amount of urine in Dyatlov's bladder about 1000 cm3 - kidney failure
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Tribute to Dyatlov Pass

Tribute to Dyatlov Pass

Gorgeous photos from Dyatlov Pass
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Dyatlov Pass: Lev Nikitich Ivanov

Discrepancies in the Resolution to close the case

Dyatlov case researcher Galina Sazonova is proving that everything in this case has to be taken with a grain of salt. Nothing can be trusted. It is a whole different question what was wrong with Lev Ivanov, the lead investigator. Was he unfit, sloppy, or under duress. Or was it just the Soviet Union way of investigating cases.
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Dyatlov Pass: Spaced Out Radio with Teodora Hadjiyska

Spaced Out Radio

March 22, 2019
Midnight ET / 9 PM PT
Host Dave Scott
Guest Teodora Hadjiyska
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Dyatlov Pass: The wolverine theory

The wolverine theory

The prosecutors have amounted a list of 75 theories about the Dyatlov Pass incident and this is one of them. It was featured on Russian channel 1 "Live" in the show about the new expedition to the Dyatlov Pass with prosecutors, Komsomolskaya Pravda and TV filming crew. This theory says that a wolverine could have stunk up the tent and the hikers walked down to wait till the tent airs out.
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Dyatlov Pass: Malahov TV

Whose body is this?

On 15 of March 2019 Russian channel 1 aired a show about the expedition to the Dyatlov Pass with the participation of journalists from Komsomolskaya Pravda, television, representatives of the prosecutor's office and experts. The sensation was when on 47:00 a photo from Lev Ivanov's archive was shown for first time of a frozen body that is not any known member of Dyatlov group. Or is it? See the show →

Dyatlov Pass: Funerals in March 1959

First funerals in March 1959

Yuri Doroshenko, Zina Kolmogorova, Igor Dyatlov and Rustem Slobodin found their last peace in Mihaylovskoe cemetery, and Yuri (Georgiy) Krivonischenko was buried in Ivanovskoe cemetery. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: The cache site (labaz)

March 2nd - The cache site (labaz)

To this day we don’t know where exactly the labaz is located. All we know is 400 m from the rescue camp and many testimonies from search party members where that camp was, but there is no indication in which direction from the rescue camp was the labaz found. The exact location is important since this is the starting point of Dyatlov group in their last day alive. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: The Swedish-Russian Dyatlov Expedition 2019

The Swedish-Russian Dyatlov Expedition 2019

Richard Holmgren, Andreas Liljegren, Ekaterina Zimina and Artem Domogirov pay homage to the events of 1959 and the 60-years anniversary of the Dyatlov group demise, get personal and up close experience of the the terrain and conditions, what it takes to traverse in the same time of the year, and apply it to their theory of the falling (katabatic) wind. To the trek, theory and gallery →

Dyatlov Pass: Press conference with Prosecutor's office 4 Feb 2019

Press conference with Prosecutor's office 4 Feb 2019

Dyatlov Pass: Yekaterinburg conference 2 Feb 2019

Yekaterinburg conference 2 Feb 2019

Dyatlov Pass: Case files

The Case Files

At last all Case files vol.1 translated by human. On top of the case being so convoluted on its own, Google translator adds Alice in Wonderland sound to it:

Дятлов - woodpeker - Dyatlov
Куриков - smoker - Kurikov
Королев - queen - Korolyov
  Блинов - pancakes - Blinov
Возрожденный - revived or reborn - Vozrozhdenny
раскрытие - finding - autopsy

And you read things like «The Reborn found Woodpeckers smoking pancakes with the Queen». Case files →

Dyatlov Pass: The Attorney General authorized new investigation

The Attorney General authorized new investigation

The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation has authorized a new investigation of the death of Dyatlov group. Statement →

Dyatlov Pass: Photos by Alexey B (19-23 Feb 2016)

Ural Expeditions & Tours

The first expedition on dog sleds to Dyatlov Pass. March 2018. Northern Ural. Dog sleds VS snowmobiles →

Dyatlov Pass: Photos by Alexey B (19-23 Feb 2016)

Photos by Alexey B (19-23 Feb 2016)

Mount Kholat Syakhl noticeably rose against the background of the other mountains and was covered with a dense blanket of a swirling giant cloud that hides the flowing lines of the mountain relief beneath. In the boiling foam of this cloud on the background of an absolutely cloudless sky, snow-white whirling foam sparkling in the sun emerged, broken by the wind into shallow icy dust, which descended with terrible force, picked up by the hurricane wind. We have not seen anything like this in our lives! Photos by Alexey B (19-23 Feb 2016) →

Dyatlov Pass: Photos by marinner966 (Dec 2014)

Photos by marinner966 (Dec 2014)

Mystical place
A place that every extreme traveler must visit. The place, shrouded in unsolved mystery for 55 years! That same cedar and that very stream will freeze blood when you realize what happened on February night of the 59th year. Photos by marinner966 (Dec 2014) →

Dyatlov Pass: Yury Yakimov's theory

Yury Yakimov's theory

Yury Yakimov was a shift foreman from Severouralsk (a city in the north Urals, 178 km (110 miles) from the Dyatlov Pass). His theory attempts to explain the nature of the injuries, the strange behavior and many other inconsistencies in the story of the Dyatlov group and is based on the author’s personal encounter with an unexplained phenomenon, which took place during a night shift in an open-pit mine in 2002. The following is a translated and condensed account in his own words →

Dyatlov Pass: Teodora Hadjiyska on Midnight in the desert radio show

Midnight in the Desert

Teodora Hadjiyska on the Art Bell's radio show with Dave Schrader
Fri Nov 16, 9-11 pm PDT "Midnight in the Desert" →

Podcast MP3

Dyatlov Pass: Rakitin's version on Kolevatov

Rakitin's version on Kolevatov

Aleksey Rakitin: We cannot with absolute certainty assert that Aleksander Kolevatov was firmly associated with the Committee, however, the high probability of that is evident from the unusual circumstances of his life. From "Death is not far behind..." →

Dyatlov Pass: Sergey Shkryabach conclusion

Sergey Shkryabach conclusion

The death of Dyatlov group is caused by avalanche, deterioration of the weather, the insufficient experience and preparation of the hikers for severe winter conditions. All speculations and theories arise from the amateurish investigation and lack of subjective data - this is conclusion of the veteran investigator. The death of Dyatlov group is caused by avalanche, deterioration of the weather, the insufficient experience and preparation of the hikers for severe winter conditions. All speculations and theories arise from the amateurish investigation and lack of subjective data - this is conclusion of the veteran investigator. All court refusals to reopen the case are based on this document. Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Vladimir Nikolaevich Solovyev

From Russia with Doubt

Latest development on the attempts to reopen Dyatlov Pass case. Who are Leonid Proshkin, Vladislav Tuykov, Kretov, Vladimir Solovyev, Evgeniy Okishev and Sergey Shkryabach?
The sources for this article are Galina Sazonova and Komsomolskaya Pravda documentary "Dyatlov Pass. End of Story?" Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Sergey Yakovlevich Shkryabach

«My opinion is that there are no mysteries in the case of the death of Dyatlov group»

Sergey Shkryabach, a veteran of the investigating authorities and a mountaineer, commented on the air of Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda his opinion on the results of the inspection of the Russian IC of the case of the tragic death of a group of hikers led by Igor Dyatlov in the Urals in 1959 Read the interview →

Dyatlov Pass: Evgeniy Fyodorovich Okishev

Was the criminal case fake?

Evgeny Fyodorovich is 94 years at the time this interview was taken. Despite his advanced age, he perfectly remembers the vents in 1959, when he was Deputy Head of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Sverdlovsk Region. Leonid Proshkin, prominent lawyer and former criminal investigation prosecutor is asking the questions. Read the interview →

Dyatlov Pass: Evgeniy Fyodorovich Okishev

«We were told to say that they were killed in an accident»

Evgeny Fyodorovich Okishev remembers those events very well, because in his prosecutor’s practice the case of the death of Dyatlov group became the most mysterious. In 1959, Evgeny Okishev was the Deputy Chief of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Sverdlovsk Region. This is what he remembers. Read the interview →

Dyatlov Pass: Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation

The court refused to reopen the case

Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation
Court’s decision from 8/31/2018 to refuse the application to have the case reopened. An appeal has been filed. Court Decision Letter →

Dyatlov Pass: Interview with Akselrod

Interview with Akselrod

Do you know what shocked me most in this story? - asked Moses Abramovich. - The first question of Krivonischenko's mother: "Tell me, did Yura die as a man?" They died with dignity Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Map animation by Simon Sceptic

Map animation by Simon Skeptic

New 3D rendering of the scene on Kholat Syakhl by Simon Skeptic.​ This is not his first input on the topic, but he says he doesn't believe in the Deadly Cold Theory anymore, so it is not listed on his YouTube channel.​ As Simon says his new animated map is not defending any theory but a visual aid for illustration. The map is available in German as well. You can discuss this video in the forum.dyatlovpass.com →

Die Toten vom Djatlow Pass von Aleksej Rakitin

Aleksei Rakitin translated in German

This site is in English, but fans are so excited about the brand spanking new book in German that I was compelled to announce it here.

"This book is brilliant. Absolutely. I am aware that every theory has it's own mistakes and also this author will have some misinterpretations - but after reading the chapters 18 - 31 (these are chapters where it comes to the core of his thoughts) I can honestly say that this is the best theory I read since I started being interested in this case." A. Bohlen


Dyatlov Pass: Vladimir Borzenkov analysis of Krivonischenko frame 34

Vladimir Borzenkov analysis of Krivonischenko frame 34

The notorious frame 34 has been a favorite subject of wild conspiracy theory ambassadors but never backed up with real photography facts. Vladimir Borzenkov believes that there is nothing mysterious in this frame and here his take on the specifics of the photo. He himself is a Dyaltov Pass tragedy researcher and an avid photographer which makes it a very good start for the discussion. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Vladimir Askinadzi interview

Vladimir Askinadzi memoirs of the events in 1959

It was convenient for the authorities to let out a rumor about the missile version, because this version justified all the secrecy surrounding this case. It somehow calmed people and even relatives of the deceased. This version was taking the search away from the real truth. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: The rocket theory

Metal fragment with «waffle» design supports the rocket launch theory

Aluminum construction more than one square meter was found four years ago. As experts explained, a similar "waffle" design is used on the rocket tanks for durability. Head of the Dyatlov Foundation is one of the adamant defenders of the rocket version of the tragedy on Dyatlov Pass. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: The rocket theory

The rocket theory

Unsuccessful military trials could have caused the death of Dyatlov group in 1959.
Komsomolskaya pravda and Channel 1 are investigating. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: 50th anniversary photos

50th anniversary photos

Photos kindly provided by Dyatlov Pass tragedy reseracher Vladimir Borzenkov (WAB). See the gallery →

Dyatlov Pass: Semyon Zolotaryov second DNA results

Semyon Zolotaryov second DNA results show a match, but can not exclude his brother Nikolay

Second examination, this time conducted by such an authoritative scholar as Pavel Ivanov, showed that the DNA of the person buried under the sign "Semyon Zolotaryov" matches the DNA of his niece. But this fact does not exclude the version of other researchers suspected that under the name of Semyon his brother Nikolay could be buried, who, according to archival documents, worked with the Germans and disappeared without a trace during the war. Therefore, we can not yet put a end on this investigation. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle

Tibo broken wings

Russian engineer. Great-grandson of a French architect.
An emotional interview of Maria Piskareva with Anna Ermolaeva - Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle second cousin, Marina Evgenyevna Kazantseva, and her brother Sergey Evgenyevich Kazantsev. The history of the Thibeaux family. Memories of Kolya. Questions about the identification of Kolya's belongings. His date of birth. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Chivruay tragedy 1973

Similarities with Chivruay tragedy 1973

Dyatlov Pass search and rescue operation was unprecedented and was surpassed only 14 years later by the Chivruay tragedy on January 23, 1973. There quite a few similarities that are pointed out between the two tragic events. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Semyon Zolotaryov and baby Sasha

Sasha - the baby that always broke his mother into tears

It starts as a matter of fact exposé by Galina Sazonova, Doctor pediatrician and Dyatlov case researcher, but the author shows soon enough her sentiment to the characters involved and reveals her true feelings on the topic. At the moment she is maybe the person who knows best Semyon Zolotaryov background and to top that Galina is deeply emotionally bound to keep going further. Read the story →

This is not Zolotaryov

DNA results show this is not Zolotaryov

The first DNA test results came out and they exclude kinship of the person laying in Zolotaryov’s grave with Zolotaryov’s niece. This is huge implication on Dyatlov case. If Semyon Zolotaryov is not buried at the Ivanovskoe Cemetery in Yekaterinburg, then who? And where did Zolotaryov go from the scene of the tragedy? Or where did the body of Semyon Zolotaryov go? Read KP article →

Dyatlov Pass: Funerals in May 1959

Funerals in May 1959 - 59 years to the day

On May 12 Lyudmila Dubinina, Aleksander Kolevatov and Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle were buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery, in a plot designated to UPI. Semyon Zolotaryov's funeral was a few days after May 12. It was delayed so his mother could attend. She had to travel from Krasnodar to Sverdlovsk. Semyon Zolotaryov, since he was not a UPI contingent, was buried in Ivanovskoe cemetery where Yuri Krivonischenko was rested in peace on March 9. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: 3D model or the ravine by Vasilii Zyadik

3D model of the ravine by Vasilii Zyadik

Vasilii Zyadik is 3D designer from Nizhnevartovsk, city in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia.

I was looking for tank models for another project when I noticed where he lives. Very exited, at the edge of my chair I asked him if he has heard of Dyatlov Pass. This is his response. He said that he wanted to get to work as texture, and this his his first model where he uses snow. I wish him a very good life and career as a 3D designer. As well as many awards for his beloved dog Вайт (White). This 3D model is specially created for dyatlovpass.com. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Researchers of Dyatlov Pass at Ivdel railway station

Researchers of Dyatlov Pass trying to locate the ravine

The documents in the case file are pointing to different dates for when bodies of Dubinina, Zolotaryov, Kolevatov and Thibeaux-Brignolle are found. The place seem to be well photographed, but you will be surprised how many discussions currently exist on the fact where exactly is this location. Expeditions go, measure and build theories and models. Here are some of them. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Galina Sazonova about Zolotaryov’s exhumation

Galina Sazonova participant in Zolotaryov's exhumation

Exhumation gave  answers for some questions. We saw the ribs and understood  how each rib was fractured. We established 3 fractures  of the R scapula (Vozrozhdenny didn't describe this injuries in 1959). Sergey Nikitin's conclusion is "it was one single impact, Zolotarev was laying on the back at that moment (scapula fractures)" I don't agree. I suppose its could be two successive blows. Chest  injury has to be seen as a complex, we are looking for a forensic expert specialized  in this type of trauma assessment for second opinion. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Exhumation of Zolotaryov

First results of the exhumation of the body of Semyon Zolotaryov

First results of exhumation of the body of Semyon Zolotaryov conducted on 12 April 2018 shows that this is indeed him. The skull superimposition performed by expert Sergey Nikitin matched 13 points of max 24 only 12 are needed to declare perfect fit. The speculations are now that a large mass of snow had collapsed on top of the hikers while they were hiding in the den. It couldn't have happened in the tent because while Zolotaryov could have mustered the strength (being a war veteran and sports coach in excellent physical shape) Dubinina's and Brignolle's injuries would have prevented them to move or be moved in any manner. Keep reading →

Dyatlov Pass: Exhumation of Zolotaryov

Who is buried in the Zolotaryov's grave?

12 April 2018 Komsomolskaya Pravda (aka KP, huge Russian periodical following and as we can see, reviving the case) exhumed the body of Semyon Zolotaryov at Ivanovskoe Cemetery in Yekaterinburg. In the following days KP will conduct an examination of the DNA of the person buried under Zolotaryov's obelisk to establish his kinship with the alleged nephews. And also KP will study together with experts fractures of the ribs of Semyon. It turned out that the autopsy reports don't quite match the injuries they found during the excavation. In 1959, going on that fateful journey through the Northern Urals, Semyon Zolotaryov announced enigmatically to his students "this whole world will start talking about this trek." Keep reading →

Dytalov Pass: Gennadiy Kizilov and Vladimir Askinadzi

Kizilov Gennadiy - the search operation was a farce, the crime scene was staged

Kizilov Gennadiy Ivanovich, a journalist from Yekaterinburg, is the first one and most avid advocates of the staged crime scene theory. He points out some major inconsistencies and conflicting testimony of witnesses and rescue team and says that this speaks of something much more sinister that sloppy investigation and that Dyatlov group have witnessed some secret trials or experiments that no one was supposed to see, and were deliberately liquidated by military forces. Keep reading →

Dytalov Pass: Gennadiy Patrushev

In search of the missing Yak - interview with widow of YaK-12 pilot Gennadiy Patrushev

In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy and the mystery surrounding it, 26-year-old Sverdlovsk pilot Gennadiy Patrushev made an independent investigation into the causes of the death of the Dyatlov group. He knew personally the students, met them in Ivdel, he warned them about the danger of the route to Otorten and he also first discovered their bodies on the mountainside. According to his widow Valeriya Nikolaevna her husband's YaK was sabotaged burri what he had found about the deaths of Dyatlov group. Keep reading →

Dytalov Pass: Georgiy Karpushin

Peak 1079 - interview with Yak-12 pilot and An-2 senior navigator Georgiy Karpushin

In 1959 Georgiy Karpushin was the senior navigator of the 123rd flight detachment of the Ural Civil Aviation Administration. According to him, he was the first to spot the tent of dead hikers. "February 25, the weather was just wonderful... Straight by the tent, a corpse of a woman lay judging by her long hair. A little further away lay another body." The story of G. Karpushin fills an unknown page of an old tragic history, although it is in many respects at odds with the well-known versions. Keep reading →

Dytalov Pass: Lyudmila Vsevolоzhskaya

Trek to Otorten cancelled two days after Dyatlov group passed through city of Serov

Lyudmila Vsevolоzhskaya was waiting in city of Serov for her group top arrive from Perm to head on a trek to Otorten. At the same time Dyatlov group spent Jan 24 1959 in Serov. Two days after they took the train to Ivdel Lyudmila Borisovna got a telegram that their trek has been rerouted to Isherim. Keep reading →

Dytalov Pass: Medical personnel in Ivdel hospital 1959

How many bodies were brought in Ivdel for autopsy - 9 or 11?

Nurse Pelageya Ivanovna Solter, to whom Vadim Chernobrov reached in his research, opened a whole new area for speculations. Testifying to the arrival of corpses in the morgue at the medical facility where she worked, she led many researchers to the idea that not one group of hikers, not only the Dyatlov group, but also another group perished in Kholat Syakhl mountain. Unfortunately, Solter's testimony and accompanying evidence didn't bear each other out. The work with the bodies of surgeon Prudkov and nurse Solter is very difficult to clearly put in a timeline - the testimonies are very confusing. During the interview, the well spoken Victor Solter, sincerely wishing to bring clarity, only confused his wife and led the conversation astray. Pelageya Solter is now a widow, and due to her very advanced age she is not to be bothered with questions. Keep reading →

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Name (Age) Found Clothing (taken in, taken out)
Injuries & cause of death
Yuri Doroshenko (21) under tree Underwear, shirt, no shoes; Kolevatov was wearing his jumpsuit; Igor was wearing knitted vest that Yudin said in the case files he left to Kolevatov, but later said he gave to Doroshenko, both versions exist. Autopsy reportHypothermia
Yuri Krivonischenko (23) under tree Underwear, shirt, no shoes; Dubinina had a sweater that tested radioactive which could probably be his, according to Ivanov she tore a flap of his underpants to wrap her foot probably after his death, but this turn out to be her own blouse (read more); Thibeaux was wearing his wrist watch and possibly a sweater taken form him. Autopsy reportHypothermia
Igor Dyatlov (23) 300m Very lightly dressed, no shoes, he was wearing the knitted vest Yudin said in the case files he left to Kolevatov, but later said he gave to Doroshenko, both version exist. HypothermiaAutopsy report
Zinaida Kolmogorova (22) 630m Better dressed than the previously found hikers. No footwear. Autopsy reportHypothermia
Rustem Slobodin (23) 480m Better dressed than the previously found hikers, one felt boot (valenka) on his right foot. Autopsy reportHypothermia
Fractured skull, multiple areas of edema and abrasions on his face and his arms
Lyudmila Dubinina (20) ravine (75m) Her foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko's underpants according to Ivanov, but it turns out to be a piece from her own blouse (read more); she was wearing a brown sweater that tested radioactive and was most probably Krivonischenko's, but identification of the items on the last 4 bodies found in May was never made; Thibeaux is wearing her hat and coat, pair of gloves crumpled in the right pocket.Radioactive Autopsy reportMajor chest fractures; missing tongue, eyes, part of the lips, as well as facial tissue and a fragment of skull bone.
Semyon Zolotaryov (38) ravine (75m) He was wearing Dubinina's faux fur coat and hat according to Ivanov and this turn out not to be true (read more); Zolotaryov has Doroshenko's hat; camera on his neck, pair of leather hand-made shoes (burki) on his feet. Zolotaryov and Thibeaux were almost fully clothed and wearing some kind of footwear.

Autopsy reportMajor chest fractures; missing eye balls

Aleksander Kolevatov (24) ravine (75m) He is wearing Doroshenko's jumpsuit; the waistband of his sweater and lower part of his ski trousers tested radioactive. Radioactive Autopsy reportHypothermia; exposed skull bones
Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle (23) ravine (75m) Thibeaux like Zolotaryov was better dressed than the rest of the members of the group. On his feet he wore hand-knitted woolen socks and a pair of felt boots (valenki).
He has Krivonischenko's wrist watch, possibly one of the sweaters is Krivonischenko's too, Lyuda's hat and coat. In the right pocket are crumpled pair of gloves that must be Lyuda's.
Autopsy reportMajor skull damage - multiple fractures to the side of his skull that would have made him unable to move
Graphic crime scene photos Autopsy reports
Radioactive The radiation on two sweaters and pants was substantial
Igor DyatlovIgor Dyatlov - the leader of the group

The Dyatlov Pass incident (Russian: Гибель тургруппы Дятлова) is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The group consisted of eight men and two women. Most were students or graduates of Ural Polytechnical Institute. The goal of the 14 day expedition was to reach Otorten (1234.2m), a mountain 10 km (6 miles) north of the site of the incident. This route, at that season, was estimated as "Category III", the most difficult. All members were experienced in long ski tours and mountain expeditions. The group arrived by train at Ivdel, a city at the center of the northern province of Sverdlovsk Oblast on January 25. They then took a truck to Vizhay - the last inhabited settlement so far north. They started their march toward Otorten from Vizhay on January 27. The next day, one of the members - Yuri Yudin, was forced to go back because of illness. Diaries and cameras found around their last camp made it possible to track group's route up to the day preceding the incident.

The hike started out fairly late on February 1 and only traveled 4 km (2.5 miles) that day. Excess gear and food was stored on a platform in the forest called labaz, or camp base. Camp was set up around 5 pm on a slope of Kholat Syakhl just 16 km (10 miles) from Mount Otorten. They had their dinner around 6-7 pm and one or two members of the group went outside to relieve themselves, presumably Semyon Zolotaryov and Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle, since they were found to have been better dressed than the others. Then something went catastrophically wrong.

It had been agreed beforehand that Dyatlov would send a telegram to their sports club as soon as the group returned to Vizhay. It was expected that this would happen no later than February 12, but Dyatlov had told Yudin that he expected to be longer, and so when date passed and no message had been received there was no immediate reaction - delays of few days were common in such expeditions. Only after the relatives of the travelers demanded a rescue operation did the head of the institute send the first rescue groups consisting of volunteer students and teachers, on February 20. Later, the army and police forces became involved, with planes and helicopters being ordered to join the rescue operation.

Yuri Yudin
Yuri Yudin *

* Yuri Yudin fell sick halfway and returned thus remaining alive. He didn't have the slightest idea of what might have happened to his comrades.

On February 26, the searchers found the abandoned and badly damaged tent on Kholat Syakhl. Mihail Sharavin, the student who found the tent said: ..."the tent was half torn down and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and shoes had been left behind." Investigators said the tent had been cut open from inside and that skiers had fled in socks or barefoot. A chain of eight or nine sets of footprints, left by several people who were wearing socks, a single shoe or barefoot, could be followed and led down towards the edge of nearby woods (on the opposite side of the pass, 1.5 km north-east) but after 500 m they were covered with snow.

At the forest edge, under a large old cedar, the search party found the remains of a fire, along with the first two bodies, those of Yuri Krivoshenko and Yuri Doroshenko, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. The branches on the tree were broken up to five meters high suggesting that skiers had climbed up to look for something, perhaps the camp. Forensic tests later confirmed that traces of skin were found embedded in the bark indicating that the pair had frantically attempted to climb the tree snapping off branches until their hands were mass of pulpy flesh. The medical examiner recorded that some of the corpses had livor mortis on the front. Given that such marks always form on the side of a body that has been pressed against the ground, this indicated that someone had turned them over after death.

On February 27 between the cedar and the tent the searchers found Igor Dyatlov (300 m from the cedar) and Zinaida Kolmogorova (630 m from the cedar), and 6 days later on March 5 - Rustem Slobodin (480 m from the cedar). The three seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent. A medical examination found no injuries which might have led to their deaths, and it was concluded that they had died of hypothermia. Slobodin had a small crack in his skull, but it was not thought to be a fatal wound. A legal inquest started immediately after finding the first five bodies. Searching for the remaining four travelers took more than two months.

They were finally found on May 5 under four meters of snow in a ravine 75 m farther into the woods from the cedar tree. These four were better dressed than the others, and there were signs that those who had died first had apparently relinquished their clothes to the others. Zolotaryov was wearing Dubinina's faux fur coat and hat, while Dubinina's foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko's wool pants. An examination of the four bodies found in May changed the cource of the whole investigation. Three of them had fatal injuries: the body of Thibeaux-Brignolle had major skull damage, and both Dubinina and Zolotaryov had major chest fractures. According to Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, the force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high. He compared it to the force of a car crash. Notably, the bodies had no external wounds as if they were crippled by a high level of pressure. Dubinina was found to be missing her tongue. The group clearly realized their threats and did everything they could to preserve themselves. They had managed to dig out a den in the snow, lay it down with branches in an effort to keep themselves warm. But the things were about to get even more bizarre. Bodies were actually found few feet from their improvised shelter in the deep part of the ravine on the area of only 4 m2. Some of the hikers' clothing (2 sweaters and pants) were found to be radioactive. Also, some of the clothes taken from the bodies underneath the cedar tree were placed on the cedar branches, but apparently they were not used.


Dates of birth

Lyudmila Dubinina (20) 12 May 1938 4th year student in UPI university as an Engineering and Economics Major
Yuri Doroshenko (21) 29 Jan 1938 4th year student of radio engineering in UPI
Zinaida Kolmogorova (22) 12 Jan 1937 5th year student at the UPI University as a Radio Engineering Major
Igor Dyatlov (23) 13 Jan 1936 5th year student in UPI Faculty of Radio Engineering
Rustem Slobodin (23) 11 Jan 1936 graduated from UPI in 1958, working in Enterprise PO Box 10 at the time of the events
Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle (23) 5 July 1935 graduated from UPI in 1958 with major in Civil Engineering. At the time of his death he was working in the construction department of Sverdlovsk. The name is not exactly known. Options: UNR 154 or Office of Mechanization №1.
Yuri Krivonischenko (23) 7 Feb 1935 graduated from UPI in 1957, studied construction and hydraulics. While working in Chelyabinsk - 40 a secret nuclear facility he experienced a disaster that became known as Kushtumkoy Accident.
Aleksander Kolevatov (24) 16 Nov 1934 4th year student as a Physics Major at the UPI University, a student of nuclear physics
Semyon Zolotaryov (38) 2 Feb 1921 graduated from the Institute of Physical Education in Minsk in 1950. He was an instructor Kourovka tour base at the time of his death.




Jan 23 The group (10) takes train №43 from Sverdlovsk to the city of Serov.
Jan 24 The group (10) arrives at Serov in the morning where Krivo was detained for soliciting and singing out loud, and released, and a drunk accuses them of having stolen his vodka.
Jan 25 The group (10) arrives by train in Ivdel and takes the bus to Vizhay
Jan 26 A truck takes the group to a logging community called 41st settlement (aka 41st district or quarter)
Jan 27 The group hires a sled for 24 km to North-2 mining settlement (abandoned)
Jan 28 Yuri Yudin goes back with the sled due to poor healt (sciatica), the group now consist of 9 members
they spend the night on the banks of Lozva river
Jan 29 The group on skis makes their way from Lozva to Auspiya river where they spend the night
Jan 30 The group pitches their tent on the banks of Auspiya river
Jan 31 The group tries to ascend the shortest way from Auspiya to Lozva river (now called Dyatlov pass) and goes back to spends the night on the banks of Auspiya river
Feb 1 The group makes the cache (labaz) to lighten their backpacks, they start late, go 500m off their planned route, cover 2 km and pitch their tent on the north slope of Kholat Syakhl
Feb 2 All members of Dyatlov group die in a mysterious way
Feb 12 The group was expected back in Vizhay
Feb 21 Search parties are on their way
Feb 26 Slobtsov finds the tent
Prosecutor Vasiliy Tempalov opens an official investigation
Feb 27 Bodies of Doroshenko, Krivonischenko (by Sharavin and Strelnikov), Kolmogorova (by Moiseev rescue dog) and Dyatlov (mansi Kurikov group) are found
Mar 2 The cache (labaz) is found by Slobtsov and Kurikov
Mar 4 Autopsy of Doroshenko, Krivonischenko, Dyatlov and Kolmogorova
Mar 5 Body of Slobodin is found by Karelin and soldiers from Lt. Potapov group. Akselrod notices the icy bed under the body.
Mar 8 Autopsy of Slobodin
Mar 9 Doroshenko and Kolmogorova are buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery
Krivonischenko is buried in Ivanovskoe Cemetery
Mar 10 Dyatlov and Slobodin are buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery
Mar 17 Vladimir Korotaev is fired and Lev Ivanov is assigned as a lead investigator
May 5 Den and bodies of Dubinina, Kolevatov, Thibeaux-Brignolle and Zolotaryov are found (by Askinadzi)
May 9 Autopsy of Dubinina, Kolevatov and Thibeaux-Brignolle and Zolotaryov
May 12 Dubinina, Kolevatov and Thibeaux-Brignolle are buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery
Zolotaryov is buried in Ivanovskoe cemetery
May 27 Radiation analysis report on clothes and tissues of Dubinina, Kolevatov, Thibeaux-Brignolle and Zolotaryov
May 28 Case closed

Official statement for closing the case given by Junior Counselor of Justice and Criminal Prosecutor of Sverdlovsk region, Lev Ivanov:

The deaths of the expedition members were due to a series of mistakes by Dyatlov. On 1 February he began the ascent to the summit at 3 PM, even though he knew about the difficulty of the terrain. Furthermore – and this was Dyatlov’s next mistake – he chose a line 500 m to the left of the planned pass that lies between Peak 1079 and Peak 880. So the group found themselves on the eastern slope of Peak 1079. They used what was left of the daylight to ascend to the summit in strong winds (which are typical for this area) and low temperatures of minus 25 degrees centigrade. Dyatlov found himself in bad conditions for the night, so he decided to pitch his tent on the slope of 1079 so as to start in the morning without adding the distance from the forest (~1 km) to the remaining trek of about 10 km to the summit.

Considering the absence of external injuries to the bodies or signs of a fight, the presence of all the valuables of the group, and also taking into account the conclusion of the medical examinations for the causes of the deaths of the hikers, it is concluded that the cause of their demise was overwhelming force, which the hikers were not able to overcome.


Apr 12 Exhumation of the body of Semyon Zolotaryov at Ivanovskoe Cemetery in Yekaterinburg
May 16 Russian Channel 1 airs DNA results of the remains of the exhumed body from Zolotaryov's grave not to have kinship with niece Tatyana Skulbeda (daughter of Semyon's sister)
Jul 16 Second DNA testing at the Russian Center of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation of the person buried under the sign "Semyon Zolotaryov" matches the DNA of Tatyana Skulbeda (daughter of Semyon's sister)
Sep Prosecutor's office of the Sverdlovsk region initiated a new investigation.


Mar 15 Prosecutor's office undergo expedition to Dyatlov Pass to test 3 theories - avalanche, snowslab and hurricane.

Autopsy reports, proceed with caution - real crime scene photos »

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