Dyatlov Pass Expedition 2024

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Here is a new interview I managed to squeeze before departure. We agreed to do part 2 after my return. You will see the difference, before and after.



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Russian Detective 2024 award

Russian Detective award

JUNE 8 - "1079. The Overwhelming Force of Dyatlov Pass" won the "Russian Detective - 2024" award in the category "Documentary Detective". (Komsomolskya Pravda)


"1079. Стихийная сила перевала Дятлова"
"1079. The Overwhelming Force of Dyatlov Pass"
"1079. Die Urkraft des Dyatlov Passes"
"1079. La fuerza abrumadora del Paso de Dyatlov"

"1079. The Overwhelming Force of Dyatlov Pass"

Sixty-four years will pass on February 1, 2023, since nine experienced hikers mysteriously perished in the Northern Ural mountains. This is also the one year anniversary of the publication of "1079: The Overwhelming Force of Dyatlov Pass". The volume is a detailed encyclopedia on this coldest case of the 20th Century, and includes a groundbreaking theory, based on well-documented evidence rather than wild speculations, that finally ties together all known facts about the Dyatlov mystery into a credible sequence of causes and effects.   More about the book →

"1079. Стихийная сила Перевала Дятлова"

Можете купить русское издание в следующих книжных магазинах:




Aerial survey photography at the Dyatlov Pass

Why is the date February 6 on the cover of a criminal case?

When the tent of the Dyatlov group was discovered there was a planned aerial survey photography from aircrafts flying at an altitude so they could see and take pictures of the terrain. If such an aircraft flew over the dead bodies and sent the information to their superiors then the tent could have been discovered as soon as February 4-5 and a criminal case would have been opened on February 6. What happened then we don't know, but one document in particular made its way into the new criminal case opened on February 26. This document, the testimony of Vasiliy Popov, is dated February 6 hence the date on the cover of the case files.   Read the article →

Lake Bodom Murders

Lake Bodom Murders

A lakeside murder, in which three teenagers on a camping holiday were bludgeoned with rocks and stabbed in their tent, has haunted tranquil Finland for 45 years, spawning books, conspiracy theories and even the name of a rock band. The similarities with the Dyatlov Pass incident are torn tent, the year is 1960, KGB agent, military involvement, a survivor, two dead girls, authorities were careless with their treatment of the murder site, but most of all the trail goes cold as ice. Shall we call it the Finland's Dyatlov Pass?   Keep reading →

Evgeniy Zinovyev "Footprints in the snow"

"Footprints in the snow" by Evgeniy Zinovyev

Evgeniy Zinovyov was with Sergey Sogrin on a simultaneous trek to the Subpolar Urals at the time of the tragedy with the Dyatlov group in the Northern Urals. Zolotaryov was enlisted in this trek, Zina was invited on this trek, but both decided to go with Igor Dyatlov. They were so close to missing this dire fate. The expedition had so many misfortunes, including burning down their only tent on the first days of the trek hence they spent the remaining 13 nights in snow bivouacs, many days blizzard, one of the hikers fell sick, couldn't walk, another burned his boots and had to traverse in valenki, same thing Thibeaux-Brignolle was wearing when he was found dead. Nevertheless, Sogrin's group was the world's first winter ascent on Sablya and Neroyka. ​Judging by what the hikers were capable to overcome​, what could go wrong with the Dyatlov group?   "Footprints in the snow" excerpt →

Passports on Dyatlov Pass

Passports on Dyatlov Pass

Fact is that on the hikers only two passports were found, Dyatlov's in his field bag that remained in the tent and Slobodin's in his breast shirt pocket. Kolmogorova had an dormitory pass with a photo among the belongings that were fetched from the tent.
Did the hikers need to bring their passports on the trek?
Controversial, but it seems like they carried their passports, especially when going through sensitive areas e.g. close to the border or forced labor camp zones. The big deal is that if they needed their passports and they brought their passports, then where are they?   Read more →

Gudkov group leaving the note on Otorten

The note found on Otorten

At the beginning of the search for the Dyatlov group, it had to be established if they reached Otorten. The ascent of a peak back then was proved by leaving a note at the top, taking the one left from the group before them back, and mailing it to the appropriate city hiking club. Akselrod's group found a note left by Gudkov's group dated July 26, 1956, from the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University. In 2013, Maya Piskareva took an interview from Boris Gudkov, including the diary of their hike, which included Otorten, but it was not their main goal. Otorten is not interesting in the summer, the Dyatlov group wanted to be the first to climb it in winter when the weather is brutal. The interview offers insights into hiking practices and group dynamics in the 60s. It is an invaluable read since I am going on Gudkov's steps in 3 weeks.   Read the interview →

"Appendix zone"

"Appendix zone"

An anomaly is recorded on Kholat Syakhl, near the location of the tent found in 1959. The anomaly is called the "Appendix" zone. It is said by a professional geologist to be typical for the Ural fold system. Asked if there could be gas deposits that might have exploded, the expert answered that it is not likely but "who knows". I do not know how much truth there is in the statement that magnetic anomalies can interfere with people's behavior, I have read that people have felt strangely on the pass, but no one has ever done something so outrageous as to explain the tragedy in 1959.   Read the article →

New findings on magnetic anomaly in the area of Dyatlov pass

Researchers confirm magnetic anomaly on Dyatlov pass

Aleksander Alekseenkov, a Dyatlov case researcher from Moscow, told about this during the annual Dyatlov group conference in Yekaterinburg, February 2, 2021. For many years in a row, twice a year (in summer and winter), he traveled to the Dyatlov Pass to conduct various experiments. "My expectations were justified: a magnetic anomaly was discovered a few hundred meters from the tent site, - said Aleksander Alekseenkov. - The gradient (spread) of the measurement was from several units to several tens of units, and in that place - right up to 1700 units, that is, the difference is several orders of magnitude."

While the articles refer to death by magnetic anomaly the authors of "1079" are putting this finding in a much more plausible context. Read more →

Vladislav Karelin (87) and Sergey Sogrin (92)

"The threat came from the air"

Conclusion from Natalya and Nikolay Varsegov: "It turns out the launches were not from Kazakhstan, but from a much closer distance. But from where? And the missiles were not ballistic, but what kind? Similar to the current winged ones? Therefore, the theory of the fireballs, previously explained to us by the launch of ballistic missiles, is now somehow becoming doubtful. And requires further study."
Vladimir Askinadzi (87) responded to the article with a heartfelt appeal: "Where did the fireballs came is only half the problem! How did the hikers get such injuries? I would like to get a response from those who personally observed the fireballs. Guys, there are very few of us, participants in the search, left. Let's help to the best of our knowledge, including professional knowledge, and not further confuse this hopelessly complicated matter."
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 Ural, Semyon Zolotaryov announced enigmatically to his students "this whole world will start talking about this trek."  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: 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 (Vozrozhdenniy didn't describe this injuries in 1959). Sergey Nikitin's conclusion is "it was one single impact, Zolotaryov 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 →

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: Dmitriy Borisov 02/11/2019

Let Them Talk, Dmitriy Borisov 02/11/2019

“I know the secret of the Dyatlov pass.”
This episode includes what role might Zolotaryov play in Dyatlov Pass incident, Mansi participation in the case and the avalanche prosecutors went to investigate on the pass. There is a twist of psychic insight at the end. In the studio is a man who is claiming that for many years he kept the secret of the Mansi shamans. What role could Semyon Zolotaryov play in the deaths of the Dyatlov group. He was much older than the rest of the hikers. During his exhumation in the grave was found a person who is not Semyon Zolotaryov. How can modern technology help solve the mystery of Dyatlov Pass incident. See the episode →

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 →

Los Alamos report on the Kyshtym disaster

Los Alamos report on the Kyshtym disaster

The triumph of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster biopic "Oppenheimer" at the Oscars reminds me of the connection with the Dyatlov Pass incident. The only source of information about what happened on September 29, 1957, in Kyshtym, where Juri Krivonichenko worked, is the Los Alamos report brought to us by Galina Sazonova. The disaster that was responsible for the radioactive contamination of the clothes in the Dyatlov group was a direct result of the "lack of sharing" with the Russians policy which is portrayed well in the movie.
Read the Los Alamos report →

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: 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).
More about the tragedy →

Dyatlov Pass: Kyshtym disaster memorial

The radioactive trace on the Dyatlov Pass - two conflicting opinions

The radioactive contamination in the Dyatlov case is one of the most complicated, controversial and unclear subjects we could come across. On top of the mind boggling fact why did the lead investigator order a radioactive test only on the last four bodies found in May and not on the first found in February-March, why order the tests on first place and then not taking in consideration the outcome at all, we can not agree on what the results tell us. I have discussed the subject with seasoned Russian nuclear physicist Igor Pavlov, and nuclear power researcher graduate from Arizona State University Brian Pierce. From what I can understand their opinions on the Radiological Analysis Report do not overlap.   Read more →

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.
Read the interview →

Dead cedar dendrology analysis

Dead Cedar

A 10m tall cedar lying on the ground 5m away from where the bodies of Doroshenko and Krivonischneko were found was analyzed by an expert dendrologist Assoc. Prof. PhD Momchil Panayotov and the last ring is from 1958. In the photos from February 1959, this tree is already on the ground, covered with snow, so much that it can not be seen. The dating shows the tree fell after the end of 1958 and before the first bodies of the Dyatlov group were found.   Read the article →

In the book "1079" the authors predicted what was later corroborated, five meters from the bodies of Doroshenko and Krivonischenko there is a tree that has fallen in the first month of 1959.

Killed by tree

The geologists involvement in the Dyatlov pass incident

Komsomolskaya Pravda published an article today about our book "1079. The Overwhelming Force of Dyatlov Pass".
It is a recognition of the hard work the authors Igor Pavlov and Teodora Hadjiyska have done researching the case for more than a decade. The article says it as it was, a tragic fate, an accident, and fear to get involved and take the blame. No one has blamed a tree to have caused the tragic deaths of the Dyatlov group in 1959. Now this theory has found its place on the dusty shelf of this 65-year-old unsolved case.   Read the online article →

Rosa and Boris Vozrozhdenniy

Dynasty of the Padlovskiy - Yaroslaviy - Vozrozhdeniy - Kuznetsov

In 2023, a unique five-volume publication was presented in Yekaterinburg "Medical dynasties of the Middle Urals". Each volume consists of a collection of biographical essays about the families of Ural doctors of various specialties. And the very first volume of the "Dynasties" was published back in 2018, in which an essay was published about the medical dynasty of the Padlovskiy - Yaroslaviy - Vozrozhdeniy - Kuznetsov. If you expect to find out details about Boris Alekseevich’s criminal record, then you are definitely going to dissapointed, because there is not a word about this in journalist Liya Ginzel’s essay "Warm Home". However, this publication is interesting in that it contains many clarifications and details about the family of Boris Alekseevich in his second marriage, with Rosa Vyacheslavovna Padlovskaya, who came from a family of hereditary doctors.   Read the essay →

Teterkin group attempting Otorten in March 1992

Teterkin group attempting Otorten in March 1992

The group of Andrey Teterkin (6 men and 2 women) attempted Mt Otorten in March 1992. We can learn a lot from the circumstances. Their documentation answers a lot of questions about the route, how do you climb Mt Otorten in winter, which way do you take, where do you camp, how do you make the labaz, do all the hikers climb the peak etc. Here is only the part of their travel notes from March 15 to March 18. This is the loop where they fail to climb Mt Otorten, and there are links to the whole map and all the notes and photos.   Read the excerpt →

Brusnitsyn at the base camp

Vadim Brusnitsyn interview 2007

Vadim Brusnitsyn took the items out of the tent. He was constantly distracted and did not protocol what he was doing. Soon after they began stripping down the tent there was an order to to put everything back inside the tent and bring it to the landing site. Brusnitsyn and Sharavin dragged the tent with its contents for half a mile towards the rock outlier where now hangs the memorial plaque. As he took most of the photographs, he is rarely pictured in any.   Read the interview →

Yuri Koptelov on Channel 1, 2013

Yuri Koptelov excerpts from an interview with Channel 1, 2013

The most recent interview of Yuri Koptelov. Note that he is not budging regarding the position of the bodies throughout the years. Memories fade, or deepen something you remember wrong to start with. Why is he insisting that Slobodin was found while he was on the pass and loaded his body... Koptelov is often cited about the snow cover on the bodies and fire under the cedar. So I thought we might as well have the sources handy.   Read excerpts from an interview →

Koptelov at the base camp

Yuri Koptelov's recollections 2011

Koptelov is hardly in any photos. You can see him in the base camp photo session with a mug and spoon at the far right. He likes to squat maybe because he is usually the tallest in the group. Yuri Koptelov calls himself "the fifth wheel", he didn't know anyone and no one remembered to warn him what not to do or say, no one remembered to question him since he and Mihail Sharavin found the bodies and Sharavin was hospitalized after a ski accident when the testimonies were taken. It is almost as if Koptelov was never there, and his account of events is almost as if he is talking about a different cedar and the position of the bodies is different, and he says he loaded 5 bodies in the helicopter before the fifth body (Slobodin) was found. What gives?   Read the article →

Koptelov (squatting) showing Karelin the tent.

Interview with Koptelov 2008

The story behind this picture is in Koptelov's recollections. The dating of the photo is also now possible because Koptelov was at the tent with Karelin when the latter just arrived on the pass with a helicopter on February 27. Koptelov didn't know Karelin. He only learned after the photo was published in the public domain who he took to the tent right after he found and reported that he and Mihail Sharavin had found the first bodies. Isn't it strange that they asked him to take them to the tent and not the bodies since the tent was visible from the landing site and the bodies were somewhere in the ravine? No one knew about the cedar or where to look. In the following days the mystery will deepen, meaning I will publish more recollections from Koptelov and cross check them with other sources. Can you see the discrepancies?   Read the article →

Shumkov group

Shumkov group

A group of hikers ascends to Mt Chistop on Feb 5, 1959 and spends the night of Feb 7 at district 41. They were greeted by the workers there with the words "We did expect to see you anymore!". They have never been in district 41 before but the Dyatlov group have spent the night a week earlier. Also why the concern? If the loggers are happy to see them again, why are they saying that they were afraid something had happened to them? To me it sounds like there was a rumor that some hikers are found dead. Remember that back in the days no one was expecting anyone in the taiga, no phones. The hikers show up with their letters from the sports club asking for assistance with accommodation, and that's that. If you look closely at Shumkov's map you will see that they only pass through district 41 on their way back from Mt Chistop. Read their travel notes →

CPSU special reports

CPSU special reports confusing Dyatlov's with Shumkov's group

Official reports are confusing Dyatlov with Shumkov's groups. Why is that since from the very beginning of the official search they knew they were searching for the Dyatlov group? Could it be that the bodies of hikers were found before it was clear who they were, and since the Shumkov's group had a member from Polunochnoe, they were the first ones to be presumed to be the bodies found? Remember the first document in the Dyatlov case is dated February 6, and it was an interrogation conducted by the head of the Polunochnoe militia. No one is missing yet... officially. Who called Polunochnoe and why?
"The USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that a group of 9 students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute (Sverdlovsk) went to Ivdel of the Sverdlovsk region during the winter holidays to make a 300-kilometer ski trek along the route north of the city of Ivdel, the area of ​​Mount Otorten. January 28 this year the group, having a supply of food with them until February 14, set out on a hike from the village of Burmantovo, located 70 kilometers north of Ivdel mountains." See the report →

Fireballs in the sky

Top secret report about fireballs in the sky

A lot of sightings of fireballs in the sky around of the time of the tragedy on the Dyatlov Pass. Is this what gave the idea to lead investigator Lev Ivanov to order radiology tests? Why did he close the case the day after the results came back positive? This top secret report has not been published before.
"At about 17 hours 30 minutes Moscow time on September 9 /local time at 1 hour 30 minutes on September 10/ 1958, individual citizens of the cities of Magadan, Tenkinsky and Susumansky districts of the Magadan region, observed a flight from the southeast to the northwest at a high altitude of a luminous object, which, according to preliminary data, fell far from populated areas approximately 600 km northwest of the city of Magadan. According to information received from local residents, a bright flash was observed during the fall followed by a laud explosion." See the report →

The last name Zina wrote was Rempel

Vizhay forester Rempel's granddaughter

Turning the last page of 2023 I remembered Zina Kolmogorova's diary and the name she wrote on the last page - Rempel. Roman Feldberg tracked down his granddaughter, Natalya Rempel, and asked her questions about the events in 1959. Although she was a baby, her mother, Rempel's daughter, is still alive, and in the letters Natalya shared what her mother remembers from that time. Also Natalya's mother was friends with Pashin's daughter.
"When the guys went hiking anyway, in the area where the group was in the mountains, and it was at that time when my mom and dad saw a very bright light of an explosion in the sky. It was unmistakably an explosion, early in the morning and it was still dark, so it was clearly visible from our porch. After that the group did not go to the check point at the appointed time and immediately a group with foresters gathered to search." Read the letters →

Galina Sazonova and Vladimir Askinadzi

Vladimir Askinadzi. Selected passages from 10 years of correspondence with Galina Sazonova

"People stopped believing in the official information, and then they used us as news bearers. Our arrival was eagerly awaited. What new will the next group bring? Therefore, we were always surrounded by a large number of curious people. The people accepted everything that came from us with faith. But they had no idea (and neither did we!) that we were telling what they had skillfully put into our brains. This understanding came much later."   Read the letters →

Vladimir Askinadzi

Askinadzi answering questions - part 2

"I read your questions and counter questions involuntarily arise - why did they suddenly interest you? After all, any question should be, at a minimum, the beginning of some "path that leads to the temple", to the solution to the "mystery of the century". As I understand it if someone has their own interpretation of the incident and is missing "a little something" - maybe this "guru" will explain. Then the question make sense and it is clear how to answer it. But no offense! Unfortunately, I sometimes receive completely ridiculous questions. I will answer only in a manner that is clear to me, don’t blame me!"   Read the answers →

Vladimir Askinadzi

Vladimir Askinadzi letters - part 1

Maya Piskareva, September 10, 2014

These are a selected letters that Vladimir Askinadzi sent to Maya Piskareva in the span of 5 years. Askinadzi is one of the remaining searchers who is direct, frank and doesn't invent facts or repeat half truths. Vladimir Askinadzi says what he remembers, doesn't repeat facts he only heard about, and as a witness to the events from 1959 he is as good as it's gonna get. This is a unique opportunity to hear from him what happened on the Dyatlov Pass while the bodies were being discovered. Vladimir Askinadzi is grounding all the theories to the facts he witnessed first hand. And he is being honest, to this day he is racking his brain with no explanation to the tragedy.   Read the letters →

Vladimir Askinadzi

Vladimir Askinadzi

Maya Piskareva, September 2012

"There were four of them. I’m writing these lines, and I’m back there again, as if these 53 years never happened!! Again everything is clear before my eyes. The emotions of those days are especially clear... It's amazing how you, persistent fellows, have turned us, searchers, into forensics and criminologists. We had a completely different task - to find and hand over the corpses to professionals in their field. Now they want us to plug the holes that Ivanov & Co left in the case."   Read the interview →

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: 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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Sasha Kolevatov

Remembering Sasha Kolevatov

Maya Piskareva, October 17, 2013

Valentina Pavlovna considers Sasha Kolevatov to be a true altruist and a caring comrade, a person who does not light up the team and does not often joke, but is always engaged in a generally useful routine, a kind of gray horse, on whose unnoticed labors and merits the success of the event rests. It was like he specifically recruited a group of rookies for the opportunity to teach them something. This means that highly complex hikes were lower in his priorities than the desire for live communication and sharing his experience.   Read the article →

Sokhondo Nature Reserve: The Trans-Baikal Dyatlov Pass

Sokhondo Nature Reserve: The Trans-Baikal Dyatlov Pass

October 5, 2023

This terrible story happened on Christmas Eve, 1982. On December 24, four workers of the Sokhondo Nature Reserve died in the remote taiga: junior researcher Mihail Orlov, laboratory assistant Sergey Konkin, forester Igor Baholdin and his common-law wife Tatyana Terehova. The oldest of them, Baholdin, was only 27 years old. No one knows for sure what happened that day. So they dubbed this story the Trans-Baikal Dyatlov Pass, comparing it with the mysterious death of nine hikers in the mountains of the Northern Urals in 1959.   Read the article →

The footprints were left by shod feet

"The footprints were left by shod feet"

August 29, 2022

The last article that Sungorkin published on the Dyatlov Pass case was about "1079" book.

The conclusion of a forensic expert with 27 years of experience in the field of criminal law is that the footprints outside the Dyatlov group tent were left by shod feet walking, not running. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Georgiev, forensic expert, specialist in traceology, was asked to examine these photos from the case files and give his opinion on the following questions: 1. Were these prints left by people who were barefoot or shod? 2. How many people were the footprints left by? 3. In what direction did the people who left the traces move?

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They were found under the cedar

They were found under the cedar

Mihail Sharavin, the first to discover both the tent and the dead, claims that the bodies under the cedar were covered with a blanket. There is no record of his testimony in the case files. So where is his testimony? Although the blanket doesn't appear anywhere in the protocols, just because something is improbable, in this particular cold case, it's not a merit to disregard. The cedar is a crucial point in this mystery. Something went very wrong there. Although the tent was found on the slope many believe it was not the Dyatlov group who pitched it there. But no one argues that the hikers were under the cedar. The question still is - what happened there, under this huge tree?   Read the article →

Lorelain letter

Lorelain letter

"In 1959 he participated in a geological exploration expedition. In the winter, they "removed markers". I don't know what that means. In mid-January they were sent to the Lozva valley. The base camp was located five kilometers east of the foot of Mt Otorten. More precisely, from the border of the forest. Somewhere on February 4-5, the three of them went to the foot of Mount Kholatchakhl (so he said), mark 1096. Not far from the border of the forest, they saw people lying. They came closer. Five corpses lay side by side (precisely five). Without outerwear."   Read the letter →

Andrey Yuryevich Deev

A.Y. Deev (Doc-tor) letters

Andrey Yuryevich Deev, Doctor of Medical Sciences and Candidate of Biological Sciences, a graduate of the Leningrad Medical Academy: "About the "multidirectionality" of the two cases. The fact is that the investigations between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Security Service (KGB) did not intersect. KGB initially investigated a different version. They didn’t even investigate, but proved. And not a version, but a fact. I mentioned that the death of the group became known before the search began. There was an unplanned leak of information... At that point, it was advantageous to attribute the incident to natural causes. And this, I must say, brilliantly succeeded. As you can see, there is a lot of fog, no explanations, and the logic is lost in delirium. Note that I said that 11 corpses are in the case, but I did not say that they were found at the Incident Site. Not at all! And I'll tell you where the leak came from! Pilot. You know him. He was very worried later..."   Read his letters →

Lyubinskiy Molochnokonservnyy Kombinat

Lyubinskiy Molochnokonservnyy Kombinat

June 21, 2023

Ever since we dug up the tin can under the cedar on the location where the bodies of Doroshenko and Krivonischenko were found I have been trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this can was manufactured in 1958, and not 1948, 1968 or 1978. After months of efforts I finally got in touch with the Chief Director's assistant Maria Sidorenko. Her idea was to appeal to their veterans. Today I was shown photos of the first old can from condensed milk (сгущенка) especially brought to light for my investigation. What can we learn from it?

Dyatlov Pass: Teodora's cedar

Teodora's cedar

According to the theory of Pavlov-Hadjiyska a fallen cedar 20 ft from the first two bodies is a subject of interest for the Dyatlov Pass incident. Prof. Momchil Panayotov, member of the Dendrology department of University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria, analyzed the cores brought from the location.   Read more →

Another interesting artifact at the same location is a tin can from a condensed milk possibly dating 1958 found with a metal detector (Garrett Ace 400i) 1 ft under the ground and thick mesh of tree roots. This will mean the Dyatlov group camped near the cedar.   Read more →

Evgeniy Okishev during the Great Patriotic War

Investigator Okishev: The deaths of the Dyatlov group were full of secrets.

July 1, 2023

Draw your own conclusions from everything said by Evgeniy Okishev. He clearly knew what exactly happened there, but until the end of his life he remained faithful to the secrecy of the investigation and a non-disclosure agreement. However, due to the deep sense of shame that has not left him since the termination of the criminal case, he gave us direct hints about the cause of the death of nine hikers. Pointed out in which direction to pursue the search for the truth.   Read the article →

Lev Ivanov

Investigator Lev Ivanov's unknown letters

May 20, 2023

It sounds like there are three Dyarlov group cases, MVD, KGB and a third one in Lev Ivanov's head. I would not like to suspect the respected forensic prosecutor and experienced investigator Lev Ivanov of official forgery. But his statement alone about the exact time of setting up the tent already raises doubts. It is known that the direct boss of Lev Ivanov, Evgeniy Okishev, was a supporter of the rocket version, as the cause of the tragedy. When the hype about UFOs began in the media in the 1990s, Lev Ivanov, who apparently was haunted the cold case, suddenly "reshaped" the rocket into a UFO. This is a very convenient version, which is unrealistic, to say the least.   Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: IV conference

What is wrong with the Case - IV conference

May 29, 2023

Journalist Natalya Varsegova is summarizing what was revealed at the conference that took place in May 2023 in Yekaterinburg. Koskins Aleksey and Elena who were one of the first people that gained access to the case files in 1989 tell how it all started. The case files were handled, photographed, copied, Vladislav Karelin had them in his home overnight even in 1984. Anyone who had access to the files could pinch a photograph or a page for keepsake, and in USSR at any time access is given if you know the right people. Not even on a high level, just someone who can take the case out of the archive. Film №6 from Krivonischenko's camera went missing even from the "foundation" at Kuntsevich's residence. The Dyatlov case files are melting down faster than the North pole.   Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Vladimir Korotaev

Who and why hushed up the Case - Vladimir Korotaev

June 14, 2016

Vladimir Korotaev was the investigator of the Dyatlov group case for the first 20 days. There was doubt about his involvement since his signature and name do not appear anywhere in the case files. His superior, Okishev, confirmed that Korotaev was on the job. Korotaev friends and colleagues also confirm that he was a good investigator. Korotaev says that when the bodies were found and he reported to his bosses about the autopsy findings they were drinking at Lozva and didn't bother to give a second look at the case. They said that the hikers died from hypothermia and there is not anything more to it. Korotaev was replaced with Lev Ivanov. He ended up blaming it on aliens, but officially said nothing since he cared about his job.   Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Natalya Saharova

The investigation is unreliable - Natalya Saharova

January 22, 2014

Seasoned forensic expert Natalya Saharova reported the Dyatlov group case file was conducted sloppily, with omissions that couldn't be excused. The worst is the lack of photos, unless they were taken from the case files, then there are the traces of rebinding in the process of which pages could have been taken away. Even for the procedures in place in the USSR for the time this high profile case is conducted in a way that no court should admit it. But the case didn't make it to court. It was closed and locked.   Read the article →

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: Vladimir Nikolaevich Solovyov

From Russia with Doubt

Latest development on the attempts to reopen Dyatlov Pass case. Who are Leonid Proshkin, Vladislav Tuykov, Kretov, Vladimir Solovyov, 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 →

Results from the new investigation

The criminal case was cut short

Discussion of the results of the documentary audit. The prosecutors compared the materials of the Dyatlov group criminal case against other case files of that period for the presence or absence of similar violations.
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Dyatlov Pass: Evgeniy Fyodorovich Okishev

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

August 15, 2013

Evgeniy 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, Evgeniy 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: Evgeniy Fyodorovich Okishev

Was the criminal case fake?

January 2, 2014

Evgeniy Okishev 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: Funerals in May 1959

Four Funerals and a Birthday in May 1959

On May 11 Lyudmila Dubinina and Aleksander Kolevatov were buried in Mihaylovskoe cemetery, in a plot designated to UPI. Lyuda Dubinina was buried a day shy of her 21st birthday, May 12, 1959. Semyon Zolotaryov, since he was not a UPI contingent, was buried in Ivanovskoe cemetery where Yuri Krivonischenko was laid to rest on March 9. Nikolay Thibeaux Brignolle was buried on May 12 at the Sverdlovsk Mihaylovskoe cemetery, next to Dubinina and Kolevatov. Keep reading →

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 →

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Dyatlov Pass: Igor and Lyuda (V grade)

Interview with Igor Dubinin

August 7, 2008

Conversation between "Center of civil investigation of the tragedy of Dyatlov group" and Igor Aleksandrovich Dubinin, younger brother of Lyudmila Dubinina, in Berezovskiy, Sverdlovsk region
"Who made the den is not clear. Because the picture shows that the trunks were of such diameter, cut down obliquely. The knife they had couldn't have done that. That is, either it was made earlier, this den, by Mansi for example, or someone was hiding there before them, and they just used it. But for some reason they were not in the den, but 5 meters away from it? Also not clear. No one can tie together all the circumstances." Read the interview →

Dyatlov Pass: Death

Is this what the Dyatlov group saw when they came out of the tent?

Brusnitsyn's theory is that the Dyatlov group took psycho-stimulants which will explain why they cut the tent and went barefoot and barely clad into the cold. But they cut something else too, which Brusnitsyn describes in detail, the birch or bamboo ski pole that was supporting the north skate of the tent. Brusnitsyn's argument is that no one in their right mind would "cut the branch they are sitting on".

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Dyatlov Pass: Death


Soviet investigators determined that six victims died from hypothermia but others showed signs of physical trauma. The member of the group were sane enough to do anything in their power to survive. It is still unclear on why their attempts didn't work.

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Dyatlov Pass: The Den

The Den

May 5, 1959

On May 5, 1959, Askinadzi saw the Kurikovs discussing small thawed-out twigs, and then going to Ortyukov. Mohov later recalled that, on their return from the slope to the camp along the ski track laid along the right bank of the fourth tributary, the students ran into Nevolin, who told them that, 150 meters to the right of the ski track, there were thawed-out stubs of small chopped silver firs, as well as a pine needles trace of up to five meters long going down the snow above the stream. An instruction had been issued to start digging after dinner in the area of that trace, about 200 meters away from the search camp. The snow was wet and dense, but digging was easy....

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Oleg Arkhipov

Oleg Arkhipov - modern researcher on the topic of the Dyatlov Pass

February 2023

"I approach this case as a historical phenomenon. In order to correctly understand the essence of what happened in the Northern Urals in 1959, it is necessary to study not only the materials of the investigation, but also to know the realities of that era."
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Slab avalanche on Kholat Syakhl photo January 7, 2023

Have Swiss researchers solved the mystery of the tragedy on "Death Mountain"?

April 15, 2023

The article was originally published in 2022 and updated in 2023 with the new photos that Dmitriy Borisov from Ural Expeditions & Tours took on January 7, 2023. Slab avalanches have been documented in each of the last three winters - "and they are getting closer and closer to the location of the tent", says Alexander Puzrin. This time the documented slab avalanche is only 700m from where the Dyatlov tent was found.
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Mansi trail in the Dyatlov Pass case

Mansi trail in the Dyatlov Pass case

April 1, 2023

Mansi are cruel for scolding a child to wash her hands after picking on her feet at the table. Korotaev and his story about Anyamov killing his wife. Apparently only he knows about this, and it is not the first time he is embellishing or entirely making something up. Businessman paying for а signs (Vizhay) and а tombstone (Zolotaryov) and now coming with its own contribution into the suspicion of the very people he lives with, the Mansi, since Kireev is based in Ivdel. The only viable information in this article is the fact that Mansi were not paid the 500 rubles a day they were promised to help with the search in 1959 and that on June 18, 1959 they had to beg for 35 rubles a day. There is no document that they were paid even this. If I were a businessman I would see that the Mansi got at least one book published in their own language.   Read the article →

Idols from the Perm Kray

"During the interrogations, they denied everything." Unknown trail in the case of the Dyatlov group

January 15, 2023

Today, some experts tend to believe that the shamanic version is somewhat consistent with the official one. There was a Mansi trail in the story with the Dyatlov group, but it was not the natives who killed the hikers, but the "spirits of the forest". So the northern people call the mighty forces of nature.

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Ivdel morgue, in the back Korotaev or Laptev, 4 Mar 1959

Interview with Korotaev 2007

Korotaev's recollections are all over the place but same as Lev Ivanov he didn't suggest investigating on the basis of his memories. They meant well, wanting to bring attention back to the case to be reinvestigated. In all the recollections of contemporaries you will notice certain bits that are repeated with the same words throughout all the interviews, and some interpretations, usually a hearsay that change. But the big picture is that something is not right with the case. This is the common denominator. With Korotaev I am not sure what his favorite theory is, only know that it is not murder and not avalanche. It is not necessary for one to commit to a theory, it is even better to be free from a bias when sifting through the information. BTW this is allegedly Korotaev on the photo in the Ivdel Morgue, March 4, 1959.
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Dyatlov Pass Case files

Dyatlov Pass Case files

Officially published by Dyatlov foundation in the form of a book in 2013. Dyatlov foundation received in 2012 an official copy of the case from the State Archive of the Sverdlovsk Region (ГАСО). Before that in the 90s several books came out with quotations from the case files (Matveeva, Buyanov, Rakitin) Prior to that, in 1974, the case was transferred to the State Archive of the Sverdlovsk Region from the archive of the prosecutor's office. In the 80s, some people got an unofficial admission to the case. In 1989, the first unofficial copies were made.
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Semyon Zolotaryov

Ivdel paid Zolotaryov's mother 1,000 rubles 2 months before her son was found dead

March 25, 2023

Resolution of the executive committee of the Ivdel city council for a monetary compensation to be given to the mother of Semyon Zolotaryov dated March 7, 1959. Vera Ivanovna Zolotaryova was also flown with a helicopter over the place where her son died, photo was taken, then flown back home. Why such an attention to the mother of only one of the dead hikers? How are Ivdel authorities responsible for the tragedy? But most importantly why is the ruling for monetary compensation dated two months before the body of her son is discovered?
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Dyatlov Pass Investigators

Dyatlov Pass Investigators

It is hard to understand who was in charge really. Who made the decisions, who signed the papers, and there is also an overseeing body. All criminal cases are overseen by a highest authority, and the 2nd volume of the case files is the result of this supervision. In Russian is called "наблюдательное дело". Ivanov can not run and control the same case at the same time. And situation again looks like the Tempalov still have the position of lead investigator and Ivanov is overseeing it.
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Vladimir Korotaev

Vladimir Korotaev on how the investigation began

Vladimir Korotaev was working the Dyatlov group case in the capacity of an investigator in the Ivdel prosecutor's office before Lev Ivanov was sent over from Sverdlovsk. He was interrogating the Mansi and following up on hurricane theories. Thirty-seven years after the incident he remembers details of his investigation. Watch a rare interview in which Korotaev recollects seeing the Evening Otorten in the torn tent. There are only two people that claim to have seen the last document written by the Dyatlov group, investigator Vladimir Korotaev and commander Victor Potyazhenko.
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Vladimir Korotaev

Korotaev recollections 1996

Korotaev, the first investigator of the Dyatlov group case in 1959, before Lev Ivanov, remembering the seamstress that first noticed the tent was cut from the inside, Mansi drawing rockets, KGB guarding the morgue, coroners dipping in barrels of alcohol, documents disappearing from the case files and more horrors surrounding this tragedy.
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Interview with Yuri Bondarev

Interview with Yuri Bondarev

October 28, 2015

"There were a lot of people at the ceremony. I remember that Rustik's mother without raising her voice was muttering his name over and over again. His name was misspelled, the plaque having Ruslan, while his name is Rustem. I drew attention to this and asked to correct it. In general, all this made a very strong impression on me – I was absent for a week after... I didn't go to the second funerals, the first ones were enough for me."
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Maslennikov is the head of the headquarters from Feb 27 to Mar 10, 1959

Air dropped instructions by Maslennikov

February 26, 1959

Slobtsov and Sharavin having discovered the tent return to the base camp where they met the Mansi group with the radio operator and received a drop message with new the instructions sent by the search headquarters.
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Slobtsov's group reading Ortyukov's instructions

Air dropped instructions by Ortyukov

February 25, 1959

This piece of paper was rolled inside a canister and dropped from the air on February 25, 1959, containing instructions for the Slobtsov's group on how to proceed with the search of the Dyatlov group. To this moment the operation is still believed to be a rescue mission. There is a very strange line in the text, something no one should have known yet.
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There was never any labaz

There was never any labaz

February 3 2023

A very controversial article about the labaz as we know it. I completely agree with all the discrepancies, I don't believe the Dyatlov group were "idiots" to make their labaz in the snow, and how did it survive undisturbed by animals for a month?
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The labaz found by Aleksander Konstantinov

The labaz found by Aleksander Konstantinov

January 25, 2023

With a great probability the last unknown landmark location in the Dyatlov Pass incident - the labaz, is found. The cache site was made their last day alive, to unburden the ascent to Otorten. Until recently it was believed that this penultimate campsite of the hikers would never be found.
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Mysterious flash - article by Komsomolskaya Pravda

Mysterious flash - article by Komsomolskaya Pravda

February 1, 2023

Publishing for the first time diaries of friends of the dead hikers from the Dyatlov group. A flash in the sky keeps appearing in witness recollection. Also that the tent found from the air - all this gives new food for thought. What is the value of such records? Because they are documentations. Contemporaries of the events are old, and often they are confused in their memories. But the paper keeps everything - how they learned about the tragedy, how they searched, how various versions were discussed at the time. There are interesting details that can bring us closer to solving the mystery.
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Pass without Dyatlov, book by Aleksandr Bobrikov

"PASS without DYATLOV" by Aleksandr Bobrikov

I received this book as a Christmas present from Vladimir Askinadzi. I was touched by his warm and considered words. It turned out after consulting on the book with the author Aleksandr Bobrikov for quite some time, the latter went incommunicado, presumed dead. Vladimir Askinadzi quoted Pushkin ("Boris Godunov") when he gave me the book to publish on the site: "The duty laid on me, a sinful man, by God, is done. Not vainly did the Lord for many years set me as witness, and give me understanding of the bookish art." Needless to say that to me the best present was getting to know Askinadzi. Read more →

"PASS without DYATLOV" by Aleksandr Bobrikov
Interview with Commander Potyazhenko by Olga

Interview with Victor Potyazhenko

May 28, 2014 (interview by Olga)

Potyazhenko's landing site was near the outlier rock on the saddle between Auspiya and Lozva. He transported the bodies in March and May to the Ivdel airfield. Potyazhenko is the only one we know by name that claims to have seen the last document written by the Dyatlov group while still in the tent. Combat leaflet "Evening Otorten" is dated February 1st, 1959. In the case files there is only a typed copy of the document.
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Interview with Commander Potyazhenko by Helga

Interview with Victor Potyazhenko

April 2, 2014 (interview by Helga)

"I helped load them and broke someone's heel. I had a heel in my hands! It hanged inside the sock and I could not stick it back. After that I stopped helping. I was afraid I might break someone's arm off. It's all important for the autopsy."
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Interview with Commander Potyazhenko by Irina

Questions to Victor Vasilyevich Potyazhenko

March 20, 2014 (interview by Irina)

One of them said: "They found the students in the water, the corpses lay in the stream." But they were drinking water from the stream. I asked - which stream? And they said to me - not here, there is another group. I was surprised then, I knew that there was only one group. And there was still another group - looking for something. They were just there at the source of Lozva, and they found these corpses, two or three, in the stream that flows into Lozva, at the beginning of the source. One was there, maybe still in the water. The rest were already on the ridge.
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Interview with Commander Potyazhenko by Navig

Interview with helicopter pilot Victor Potyazhenko

March 15, 2014 (interview by Navig)

NAVIG: You say Otorten everywhere, but this rock was on the nameless mountain, 1079.
VP: I was told to fly to the Otorten area, 12 km away.
NAVIG: In fact, it was not on Otorten itself.
VP: No, in the Otorten area.
NAVIG: Why did you estimate the steepness of the slope at 40-50 degrees?
VP: Because it was very difficult to land, when the second helicopter arrived, it hovered for a while, I told him to fly away from there.     Read the interview →

Interview with Commander Potyazhenko by Piskareva

Interview with Commander Potyazhenko

March 5, 2014 (interview by Maria Piskareva)

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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Dytalov Pass: Medical personnel in Ivdel hospital 1959

The events Solter describes took place in early February 1959

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 →

Dytalov Pass: Lyudmila Vsevolоzhskaya

Another trek to Otorten cancelled end of January 1959

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 →

Yuri Yudin was tormented by the mystery

"Live" avalanche

January 2013

Researcher Aleksander Konstantinov published this theory in Ural Stalker in January 2013. He is pointing out the behavior of the reindeer which when fleeing form a danger prefer to follow a trail and that the Dyatlov group may have pitched their tent on one. According to Konstantinov all the injuries could be explained with a reindeer tripping over the tent. The weight of an adult deer is 100–200 kg.

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Canned time

Canned time

August 11, 2022

The findings of the 2022 expedition to the Dyatlov Pass may reveal a new version of the death of the hikers in 1959. Leader of the expedition Aleksey Korolyov says: "We found a rusted tin can, presumably from condensed milk, 28 cm deep underground. Huge amount of thick roots on top suggests it could be from the 50s and over the years it has been covered with vegetation. The question is, who brought this can? Perhaps the Dyatlov group themselves. But then this overwrites all previous versions, because none of them says that the hikers ate something near the cedar."

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Expedition 2022

Expedition 2022

30 July-11 August 2022

This rare once in a lifetime expedition is something that I think exists outside of the events of the day and will hopefully advance the knowledge of this fascinating incident for people the world over. It is a milestone in our efforts to uncover all existing details and mysteries about the Dyatlov case.

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Ptitsyn recollections

Ptitsyn recollections

Opinion of an experienced mountaineer. A man-legend, one of the luminaries of cross-country skiing in the Sverdlovsk region, master of sports, honored traveler of Russia, Gennadiy Aleksandrovich Ptitsyn. Photos reminiscent of the Dyatlov group fateful last trip, Yuri Yudin takes part in the trek pictured in the photos.

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Northern Geological Expedition

Northern Geological Expedition

Northern Geological Expedition plays a vital role in the Dyatlov Pass incident. The events take place in the area they were prospecting in 1959. How could the tent and bodies not be found for a month?

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Borzenkov analysis of Puzrin-Gaume avalanche theory

Borzenkov's analysis of Puzrin-Gaume avalanche theory

The authors of the article didn't make a "discovery" by spotting an avalanche on this particular spot. There is nothing unique about it. The place was not investigated because it is far from the place of events and has completely different conditions. Although the possibility of avalanches in this particular area was not denied, it has nothing to do with what happened with the Dyatlov group.

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Avalanches on Dyatlov Pass

Puzrin-Gaume avalanche theory

The Swiss "avalanche" team Alexander Puzrin and Johan Gaume have a second paper in Nature.com Post-publication careers: follow-up expeditions reveal avalanches at Dyatlov Pass publishing photos of avalanches on the other side of the pass and 3D model with steepness up to 30°. Now we know that an avalanches are possible and NOT to pitch a tent on the slopes of the Dyatlov Pass in winter.

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Chivruay 1973

Dyatlov Pass incident vs. Chivruay tragedy

Why compare incidents that have nothing in common? The Dyatlov Pass incident opens the door for a lot of speculation. If I could discover so much while not believing they are related in any way, then imagine what a blast the media would have. Nor is Chivruay Pass the only one, Hamar-Daban follows on its heels. The renaissance of interest garnered by the Dyatlov Pass incident is now expanding to cover multiple deaths in the mountains under mysterious - or not so mysterious - circumstances. The mystery for many begins by wondering why would anyone venture there in first place. Personally, I enjoyed this research immensely. The Chivruay Pass incident is interesting on its own, and doesn't need the overshadowing mystery of the Dyatlov case. More to come →

 Chivruay 1973

Chivruay 1973. How it really happened.

These are the recollections of Dr. Vladimir Borzenkov, a member of the search party in 1973. He is also an avid Dyatlov group case researcher, so his insight about the similarities between the two incidents is indispensable. Read the article →

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 26, 1973. There quite a few similarities that are pointed out between the two tragic events. Keep reading →

Watches in Dyatlov group

Watches in Dyatlov group

The times on the watches found on the bodies are so close that researchers started experimenting with manual wind watches put in similar conditions and they found a correlation between the time a person freezes to death and when the watch on their wrist stops working. We are talking to Dr. Vladimir Borzenkov. Read more →

Novokreschenov, Tempalov, Korotaev

Novokreschenov interview 2008

"Helicopters and hunters were also used, and Mansi, skiers were equipped. The search was serious. The Ivdelag management took part. The military was also involved. Found them from a helicopter. Pieces of the tent dangle in the wind. Vladimir Ivanovich Korotaev told me about all this... "There are craters there, I'm an gunner, I can tell when I see one!" said Vasiliy Ivanovich Tempalov, the prosecutor. This also led to a certain look at this event. It is clear that there is an explosion of a rocket, large or small, directed, whether it reached its target or not we can't say, of course, a test, not enemies..."

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Avalanche is a myth

Karelin: Avalanche is a myth

"If an avalanche had occurred, then the tent could have been moved, but in fact the tent remained in its original place, as evidenced by the ski poles preserved in their places, to which the stretchers were tied. ... Medical researchers argue that when people are in a tent during an avalanche it is impossible to get injuries that are actually found on some corpses. These facts clearly indicate the absence of an avalanche."
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Vladislav Karelin

Vladislav Karelin interview 2021

October 31, 2021

It is unlikely that the "Dyatlov" case would have become public knowledge, if 25 years later, in 1984, the secrecy label had not been removed from it. And then the most curious thing began. The criminal case was secretly removed from the prosecutor's office so that everyone could read it. 62 years after the tragedy, a friend of Igor Dyatlov, a participant in the search for dead hikers Vladislav Karelin, decided to tell us about this. His words.
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N1 rocket

"How we didn’t get to the moon"

Sergei Leskov, January 19, 1989: Production of rockets and other hardware has declined in the last few years, and even the hardware in orbit was on its last legs. The Mir space station, too, had grown old and increasingly gave mission controllers nasty surprises. He noted that during the past five years, funding of the space sector had been cut five-to-ten-fold in certain areas. The contract with the United States for construction of the Alpha space station had been the salvation of the Russian space sector, but only a small range of enterprises were involved in it, and the project did not promote development of new technologies. Without an infusion of more money, the Russian space sector could find itself as much a part of history as the Pyramid of Cheops. (BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, Jan 23/95).
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Vladislav Karelin

Vladislav Karelin recollections

"We loved Sergei Korolev "trinity". But in 1959 there was a big time gap in the series. Why? I think this is not an accident. It can be assumed that in the interval between January and September 1959, more space rockets were launched, but of a slightly different design. Someone really wanted to launch them as soon as possible."
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Search 1959

Interview with Syunikaev 2021

"We quickly realized that people had already walked along the same squares before us. Moreover, we came across traces of boots there. We didn't know where did they come from. They [the hikers] were all in felt boots. Therefore, the guys and I concluded that someone in boots walked here before us and they were not just anyone. They could even be the KGB. But that was just our speculation. It was necessary to somehow explain the presence of these footprints."
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Search 1959

Interview with Klimenko 2009

"There was a fireball and there was silence, and then when it went up and reached the summit sparks went off and there was a roar. Not a cannonade, but a rumble like explosion..."
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Hamza Fazilovich Syunikaev

Interview with Syunikaev 2009

"I heard explosions, pops. I said: look, explosions, they are shooting at us again. What do you think was in our heads? I immediately went up to the radio operator and said: look, tell them that we, the search group, won't proceed with the search because we are afraid for our lives."
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Hamza Fazilovich Syunikaev

Interview with Syunikaev 2008

"Moscow should be informed to stop the bombarding. After that, there were explosions for maybe a day, and after that everything quieted down. The radio operator contacted, transferred the whole matter..."
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Hamza Fazilovich Syunikaev

Syunikaev's letter 2007

"After 48 years it is still in my ears, I can hear the cannonade of explosions, the fall of rockets. This lasted two or three days. It was studying, and this was an interest of mine. These were fired from the ocean submarines, from the islands in the ocean. We complained to the commander that we would not leave the tents until they stopped firing. So he ordered the radio operator, he was ours, to call the right place to finish the shooting practice in the area. After that the cannonade stopped."
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Dyatlov group tent

Interview with Mihail Sharavin 2013

"Why didn't we enter the tent through the entrance? Imagine a pole standing up, and immediately after the ridge part descending almost vertically down. Only the front pole stood vertically. The entire length of the tent was covered with 200 mm thick firn snow. Until the snow is removed from the roof, it will still not be possible to get into the tent. There was nothing to be seen through the entrance. In addition, I wanted to find out if there are bodies in the tent. Strange, but we were not warned about how we should behave in such a situation. But when the canvas of the tent was cleared, it became evident that there was no one inside."
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Mihail Sharavin

Interview with Mihail Sharavin 2012

2012 interview of Mihail Sharavin by Maya Piskareva. He is 77, his answers short, his memory fading. What this interview shows though is a scheme that he drew for author Anna Matveeva in 1998 when he was 63, that shows the discovery of the tent and the layout of the items inside and around the tent, including the footprints. This is a very important drawing for the case since Sharavin was one of the people who found the tent. He was never questioned because at the time of the interrogation he was lying in a hospital with concussion following an incident he had on the pass in April 1959.
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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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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: 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: Krivonischenko letter to Dyatlov

Krivonischenko letter to Dyatlov

A letter written by Krivonischenko on December 27, 1958, addressed to Igor Dyatlov discussing the details of the upcoming trip to Northern Ural starting on January 22, 1959. The letter contains a poem which Krivonischenko dedicated to his fellows hikers. Read the letter →

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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Boris Mihaylovich Bychkov

Boris Bychkov - Recollections. Theory.

"We had to print as many photographs from the films of the members of the deceased group as possible in order to distribute the pictures to the families of the deceased, as well as to our friends and members of the UPI hiking club. To our question: why?, Lev Ivanov gave a strange, as it seemed to us, explanation: In case someone wants to imply that what happened is the result of improper leadership and confrontation inside the group.. On some films, hiking photographs were followed by photos of corpses taken by those who found the dead."
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Dyatlov Pass: Who is Who

Who is Who

Now available the WHOIS database in both English and Russian, as well as a database with Russian Abbreviations I had to hunt down while translating anything from Russian e.g. case files, news articles and Igor Pavlov's manuscript. I am sure these will come handy while navigating through Russian literature in general. The gallery PEOPLE contains both past and modern times individuals, you can tell by the photos, all names can be looked up in the WHOIS database.

Barnaul skiers tragic death

Barnaul skiers tragic death

On January 28-29, 10 corpses were found in the area of the Pavlovsky tract. This is how the indictment begins in the case of the death of a group of Komsomol skiers in the vicinity of Barnaul in 1946. Another tragedy with many parallels with the Dyatlov group incident, although the situations seem to be different. The similarities are: proximity of elections resulting in unwillingness to publicize the tragedy; complete indifference about the preparing of the trek; slow to start the search; no one takes the responsibility and there is no adequate investigation. More than 10 years later, by 1959, the attitude of those in charge had practically not changed.
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Dyatlov Pass: The ravine

The ravine

On May 5, 1959, the last four bodies were found in the ravine of the 4th tributary of Lozva. Photos were made but we only have reference distance from the cedar tree, and that is not a science. We don't even know in which direction. For decades Dyatlov case researchers are trying to pinpoint the places of the den and bodies. This is the data from Shura Alekseenkov March 2019 expedition. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: Military on the pass

What was a Human Intelligence Collector doing on the pass?

Lieutenant Colonel Shestopalov led the sappers in 1959. Why was he running around the pass with probes himself? He had a high rank, we found out that Shestopalov was a Human Intelligence Collector. Is this another smoking gun? Firstly, the very fact that Shestopalov is investigating something at the pass, and secondly... The order to send him to the pass was issued on the basis of a telephone message dated February 14, 1959. February again. Most likely, this is another mistake. But if you remember Tempalov's strange note dated February 16, the date on the cover of the criminal case - February 6, then aren't there too many misprints in this tragedy?
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Dyatlov Pass: Semyon Zolotaryov

Semyon's explanatory note

This document shows Zolotaryov, no longer as a reckless adventurer, but as a calculating, intelligent careerist. He was a pragmatic person who wouldn’t take the stupid risk that the tragedy at the pass has been associated.
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Dyatlov Pass: Kuryakov fired

Kuryakov was fired from the prosecutor's office

The main reason for the dismissal of Andrey Kuryakov was the use of official powers and his intention to promote his wife, who was a deputy prosecutor, to the post of prosecutor of Yekaterinburg. She is now also fired. It is believed that it was thanks to him that the Prosecutor General's Office initiated the check into Dyatlov's death. As it turned out later, he did not make statements on behalf of the Prosecutor General's Office, but to prepare a dissertation for the degree of candidate of legal sciences. Source Kommersant Nov 2, 2020.
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Zolotaryov military years

Could Zolotaryov be a saboteur?

Semyon Zolotaryov was a versatile senior sergeant with some holes and discrepancies in his military dossier. If this could be attributed to wartime staff shortcomings, then it is hard to explain why he lied about the number of his siblings in official documents. He also claimed orders he didn't receive. There are some alphabetical lists where his name appears added at the document's bottom at a subsequent time as if someone was inserting him into events he didn't belong to. Was this the contrived life of a saboteur?
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Zolotaryov's meltdown

Tried for bribery and traitor brother

The role of the combatant Semyon Alekseevich in the fateful expedition could have become fatal. His character was a difficult one, hot-tempered and unruly. We do not exclude that a confrontation between the leader of the trek and its most senior participant could have led to the tragic events.
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Zolotaryov's meltdown

Zolotaryov's meltdown

Aleksandr Surkov's scenario explores the idea of two opposites clashing, Igor and Semyon. Semyon does not suspect that Igor leads the toughest and most strenuous hikes in the UPI tour section. Semyon's age and physical fitness are not able to withstand the demands of Igor, as he hikes not to get sports awards, but to test himself under the most difficult conditions. If we take into account Igor's authoritarianism and Semyon's unruly nature, the conflict would only be a matter of time.
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Dytalov Pass: Ivdellag breaks in 1959

Ivdellag breaks in 1959

On April 15 Yuri Yudin denied knowing about any changes in the return date of the trek. Who else could have Dyatlov discussed this with? The head of the logging camp department Hakimov is one of the last people to see Dyatlov alive. Immediately after Yuri Yudin's testimony Tempalov flies out to question Hakimov on the same issue. What was Hakimov doing at the time when he had to start looking for the Dyatlov group? How come the interrogation protocol is not in the case files? Keep reading →



On Jan 25, 9195, the Dyatlov group arrived in Ivdel on train №81, stamped their route book, and took a bus GAZ-51 to Vizhay. They didn't mention or see the Ivdellag. There is another world they were living in. The main industry of the region was mining, logging, and building the railway. In February 1959, life was in full swing in Ivdel for the winter holidays. Here is a collection depicting Ivdel and its people. See the photos →


The White Crematoriums

Victims of the red revolution: The haunting faces of prisoners worked to death in Stalin's slave camps. The four camps where the bulk of the labor army in the Urals was located are Ivdel, N. Tagil, Krasnoturyinsk and Chelyabinsk. See the photos →

The Gulag Camps

The Gulag Camps

The Ivdellag (Ivdel Gulag) is often referenced in the context of the Dyatlov Pass incident. As with the Mansi, this is a multifaceted subject that could be relevant or not, but is part of the picture nevertheless. Learning more about it will help us understand the surroundings of the events. There should be no stone left unturned. This is the first of a series of publications that will end with a direct link from a document related to the case to the Ivdellag. Read the article →

Igor Povetkin: Death by snowmobile

Igor Povetkin: Death by snowmobile

It is not very often I come across a novel way to kill the Dyatlov group. Usually the theories give reason for the group to leave the tent, but then they kind of let nature take its course. Igor Povetkin ventures to point out what could inflict the hardest to explain and quickest to die from injuries. In this version Dubinina and Zolotaryov are run over by a snowmobile. Thibeaux-Brignolle head injury, the wound on Kolevatov's head, and the abrasion on Kolmogorova's side and lower back could also have been caused by a snowmobile. The author assures us that on February 1, 1959, nothing fell from the sky to height 1079, no flying saucers, no rocket engines, no comets with meteors. All the evil was done here below, on earth. Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Weather analysis

"There was no snowstorm": New investigation conclusions on the weather the night of the Dyatlov Pass incident

The first question that comes to mind when you look at the photos and read the diaries is if it was the weather that killed the Dyatlov group. After all, this is the most common reason for incidents in the mountain, especially multiple deaths with no survivors. In this part of the Urals there are no direct weather measurements, the nearest meteorological station Burmantovo being 47 miles away. What can modern methods do about the precise temperature, wind speed, wind chill index and snow cover present on that dreadful night 61 years ago? The Prosecutor's office investigation in 2019 made it its goal to find out as much as possible. Independent experts and participants in the search operation in 1959 disagree with their conclusions. Read the weather analysis →

Dyatlov Pass: Badges Class 1, 2 and 3

Trek categories and sports ranks

Vladimir Borzenkov presented us with an exclusive overview of the "Trek categories and sports ranks", complimentary to the "Hiking experience of Dyatlov group" article. We all know that the fateful expedition of Dyatlov group was of the highest category of difficulty. What does it mean? Were the hikers qualified and experienced for this trek? Have you noticed the badges on Krivonischenko's photo?
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Dyatlov Pass: Igor Krasnov

Krasnov reprimanded Kuryakov

A decree of the Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation dated August 10, 2020, and signed by Igor Krasnov, says that on July 11 this year, Mr. Kuryakov, acting for personal purposes, took part in a press conference announcing the completion of the investigation into the death of Igor Dyatlov's group in 1959. He used official resources for an investigation made part of his PhD paper. The management has also complaints against Andrey Kuryakov, that using his official position, he tried to influence the replacement of the prosecutor of Yekaterinburg. Since 2015, the city department has been headed by Svetlana Kuznetsova. The position of her deputy is occupied by Venera Kuryakova, who is the wife of Andrey Kuryakov. Read more →

Hamar-Daban tragedy

Buryatia Dyatlov Pass

Today, August 5, 2020, is an anniversary of another mysterious incident in the mountains with multiple deaths and strange behavior. This one even has a real survivor who went through the whole ordeal.
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: Vladislav Bienko

Bienko - the 11th member of the Dyatlov group

Bienko's name keeps popping up in documents and diaries. He is a person of interest to the case on three points:

  • Zolotaryov took his place on the fateful trek.
  • Bienko developed Krivonischenko's film in his own bathroom.
  • Bienko was Lev Ivanov's confidant, and recollects investigator's dramatic change after his visit to the pass in May.

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Dyatlov Pass: Prosecutors investigation 2019

Materials from the Investigation

We can review some of the results from the Prosecutor's preliminary investigation. The documents were immediately bombarded with criticism by the case researchers and experts on the Dyatlov Pass incident. We start with the location of the tent, with which Kuryakov spoke very proudly at the press conference held in the Komsomolskaya Pravda editorial on July 11, 2020.
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Dyatlov Pass: Andrey Kuryakov

Results of the Investigation

The long awaited results of the investigation that began in 2018 were announced today, July 11, 2020, by Andrey Valentinovich Kuryakov - Head of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Sverdlovsk Region. Expert opinions, test results, 3D model of the pass, in-depth study of terrain, weather, behavior, risks, military archives, books on avalanches, etc., and yet there is still the sense that something is missing, perhaps the entire big picture.
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Dyatlov Pass: Petition 26 June 2019

New petition to The Prosecutor General Dyatlov case to be taken to Moscow

June 29, 2020: Relatives and activists of the Dyatlov group's memory fund continue to insist that the group was victimized by a man-made disaster during tests of military weapons (missiles). Three most likely versions are called: negligence on behalf of the rocket engineers who made a mistake in the design of the hull or engine of the aircraft, unsuccessful launch and sabotage. Since Sverdlovsk Prosecutors are not considering following up on these leads they petition the case to be moved to Moscow. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: Case files volume 2

Which way is Siberia?

The answer is harder than you think.
The Washington Post's Moscow bureau chief, David Filipov, goes looking for Siberia. Read the article →

Valentin Yakimenko 1963

Valentin Yakimenko 1963

In August 1963, on that pass on Kholat Syakhl mountain, a group led by Valentin Yakimienko set a memorial plaque saying: "In memory of those who left and did not return, we name this pass after the Dyatlov group"

The Pass has been called Dyatlov Pass ever since.

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Vadim Chernobrov

"Ural Stalkers Flight from the Mountain of the Dead" by Chernobrov

Vadim Chernobrov is called the chief ufologist of Russia. He died at the age of 52 from cancer. He was chasing UFO's all his adult life. Did radiation from the sightings caught up with him at the end? On the 40th anniversary of Dyatlov Pass tragedy he went on an expedition to the Mountain of the Dead, as he calls it, and published in his book shortly after. He left a very interesting legacy to the Dyatlov group case, one that we built on to this day.
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Stanislav Bogomolov

Interview with Stanislav Bogomolov

Stanislav Bogomolov met with Lev Ivanov in 1990 and published the first "Mystery of fireballs" article. This interview was taken in 2019. Bogomolov remains supporter of Lev Ivanov's fireballs theory:
"I have read many publications on the subject. There are always more questions than answers. In fact the questions that matter are only two: what caused the horrendous injuries and where did the radiation come from. I doubt that the prosecutors will be able to answer them, but I am looking forward to their findings."
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Dr. James Alfred Van Allen

"Reach into Space"

In the race into space, the Russians can claim bigger satellites and more powerful rockets. If the U.S. can retort that it has a big lead in scientific achievement, the man most responsible is James Van Allen, whose instruments, designed and largely constructed in his basement laboratory, brought back from space discoveries the Russians never made... Today he can tip back his head and look at the sky. Beyond its outermost blue are the world-encompassing belts of fierce radiation that bear his name. No human name has ever been given to a more majestic feature of the planet Earth. Read the article →

Great Balls of Fire

"Great Balls of Fire"

The U.S. Southwest, land of rockets, atom bombs and flying saucers, had another sensation last week: green fireballs streaking across the sky, behaving like nothing ever seen by earthlings before. In 13 days, eight brilliant objects dazzled Southwesterners. According to Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, head of the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico, a fall of nine bright meteorites in a year over a comparable area would be considered exceptional. "I just don't know what to make of it," said Dr. LaPaz. "I am almost inclined to ask those [atom bomb] fellows out in Nevada what they are doing." Read the article →

Mystery of the fireballs by Lev Ivanov

"Mystery of the fireballs" by L. Ivanov

Stanislav Bogomolov meets with Lev Ivanov and publishes his article "Mystery of the fireballs" in July 1990. Lev Ivanov then publishes his own article with the same title 4 months later, in November 1990. You can compare the contents of the articles and decide if anything was left out that prompted Lev Ivanov to do his own publication.

"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..." Read the article →

Mystery of the fireballs by Stanislav Bogomolov

"Mystery of the fireballs" by S. Bogomolov

"It wasn't in the usual sense an explosion of a shell or a bomb. It was different, as if a balloon had burst. The fact, that at the edge of the forest, where the hikers so hastily ran away from the tent, the tree branches were as if singed. Not burnt, not broken, but singed. I suppose it all happened like this: the guys had dinner and went to bed. One of them came out of natural need (there were traces) and saw something that made everyone leave the tent and run down. I think it was a light ball. It caught up with them, or it happened by chance, at the edge of the forest. Explosion!" Read the article →

Zina Kolmogorova and Lidiya Grigoryeva

Zina Kolmogorova's letters

"The group is ok, I don't know how will it be the moment we go. Will we quarrel. After all, Kolevatov is with us. Gosya Dyatlov works in the laboratory, completes the diploma project in practice, not much of a life, not friends with anybody (of the girls of course)..." to Lidiya Grigoryeva

"Live, Valyushka, rejoice in the good. What if there is sadness sometimes? After all, one must live! True? We need to see only the good in life, and then it will be more fun to live. I give you my word that everything will be all right..." to Valentina Tokareva (Baldova)

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Injuries, clothing and belongings to Dyatlov group

Injuries, clothing and belongings to Dyatlov group

Thanks to the Russian forums where most of the information about the Dyatlov Pass incident is, albeit scattered on hundreds of sites and thousands of posts, I found a schematics of Dyatlov group injuries, clothing and belongings that seem to portray more coherently the state in which the bodies were found. You know the saying - a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is a living example, sadly applied to the dead. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: Yudin's conclusions on clothing

Yudin's conclusions on clothing

Dyatlov was found in an unbuttoned fur sleeveless vest - outer side blue cotton, inner side dark grey fur. It belonged to Yudin. Case files say he left the vest to Kolevatov, but Yudin himself said in 2008 he gave it to Doroshenko when they parted in 2nd Northern. This letter sheds light on the manner case files were signed and investigation was conducted. Galina Sazonova has also made a point of more discrepancies in the Resolution to close the case. It is not necessarily indicative of a cover up (or is it?), just the way things were back in 1959. You trust the organs to do the right thing. Then changes come and we no longer find it proper, we try to find a motive, looking in all directions.
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Dyatlov Pass: Yuri Yudin

Yuri Yudin

Yuri Efimovich Yudin, born 19 July 1937, died 27 April 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.

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Yuri Yudin was tormented by the mystery

Yuri Yudin was tormented by the mystery

May 4, 2013

If the hikers walked down for a mile form where the tent was found why are their feet unscathed and their socks clean?
"The legs are bare, not damaged, not torn to blood (1.85 km through the snow and stones and the socks are intact!), and then so much work by the fire!" It is obvious that Yuri Yudin wrote these lines about the deceased Doroshenko and Krivonischenko. He couldn't understand how the guys went from the tent to the cedar without shoes, without injuring their feet on sharp stones, without tearing their socks. After all, according to the official investigation, the hikers scrambled in the dark.

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Dyatlov Pass: Boot Rock

The famous Boot Rock

There is the famous boot shaped rock close to where the helicopters landed. The bodies and belongings of the group were placed at the leeward side of the rock for transport out. This was also where the provisions for the search team were piled up to be taken down to their camp. The cedar and the search camp are on the opposite sides of the Boot Rock. The memorial plaque is fixed to this rock. In the same manner as the Dyatlov case itself, the monument that memorializes it looks absolutely different from every side you approach it. It is hard to believe that we are talking about the same rock, or case. See photos and a fly over →

Grigoriev Snowstorm in the Mountains - 3

G. K. Grigoriev "Snowstorm in the Mountains" - 3

"We silently stood by the large old cedar, where a few days ago were found two corpses. A breeze blew, the cedar mysteriously rustled. I listened to his noise for a long time, as if trying to understand what he was whispering about. Around the cedar, tall crooked birches. Boughs were cut from the cedar. Some are found far away. They were blown away by the wind. Some cuts are made on a birch with a knife, but not all the way through. On the corpses, they told us, were charred white woolen socks. Eye sockets are filled with snow, their heads were over blown with snow. I imagined, listening to the whisper from the cedar, how Krivonischenko and Doroshenko died here." Part 3

Grigoriev Snowstorm in the Mountains - 2

G. K. Grigoriev "Snowstorm in the Mountains" - 2

"Far in the sky, against the background of bright clouds, one dot appeared, then the second - they were helicopters returning from the pass. Then these wonderful machines frightening, ugly, one after another raising a whole snowstorm around them, sat on the airfield. All the guys admire the work of the pilots. They are heroes."
We are used to look at the case in way that the facts are presented to us after the case has been cold for 60 years. How the events were described after all the gruesome findings. Grigoriev notebooks are describing the process, what did people think when the first four bodies were find, then the fifth, then the last four (part 3). You will read about how did the participants in the search feel and acted. We can follow the mystery in the making, how did the perception of the incident changed and formed. Grigoriev is copying the diaries that are later on entered into the case files and nobody has seen the originals, only the typed transcript. Part 2 of 3

Grigoriev Snowstorm in the Mountains - 1

G. K. Grigoriev "Snowstorm in the Mountains" - 1

"The North Urals is not only rich, beautiful, but also treacherous. In the mountains, especially in winter, there are such storms and snowfalls that the slightest mistake can cost a life. This is what happened in the first days of February 1959 to the Dyatlov group, 9 students of UPI and engineers. It happened between the height 1075 and Otorten. The ultimate goal of their trip was Otorten. The height of this mountain is 1182 meters and it is almost on the 62 parallel, 250 km from Ivdel in the north. I took part in the search of the group. We found only bodies and their belongings."
Grigoriev's notebooks have never been published in English. They were found and deciphered very recently. Grigoriev gives an emotional account of his participation in the search for Dyatlov group in 1959. We can read details that are not mentioned in the case files. Part 1 of 3

Experiment with raised tracks

Experiment with raised tracks

These are tracks of skis and snowshoes left by us exactly a month ago when the snow cover was at least 0.5 m thicker. You can see the raised prints. What surprised me is that when the snow melts it doesn't loose the top layer but the relief sinks down. On the last 3 photos you can see 3 occurrences of "snow bloom" which is one of the theories about the orange tinge of the bodies on Dyatlov Pass. See the photos

Oleg Nikolaevich Vavilov

The mystery of Oleg Vavilov's death

A group of nine hikers in the Causasus mountains suffered a deadly incident on February 4, 1946, with Oleg Vavilov the sole casualty. A senior instructor (Schneider) joined the group at the last moment. He was alone with the victim at the time of the incident, where he was supposed to secure him with a rope. There is the mention of a blow with an ice ax in the death certificate. Schneider was allegedly included in the group by NKVD to execute the elder son of a famous Russian scientist, Nikolay Ivanovich Vavilov. Stalin is known to have gone after the children of people he hated. Was the incident in the Caucasus Mountains ordered from above? People are still conflicted over this controversy. The correct order to read the articles is: Dropped on orders from above, then The route not traveled .

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 →

Lidiya Vasilyevna Kurnosova Vavilova

Dropped on orders from above

The famous Russian scientist Nikolay Ivanovich Vavilov had two children from two marriages. The youngest son, Yuri, is still alive and working on the study of archives, collecting bit by bit the life story of his father. But until recently, very little was known about the eldest son Oleg. Almost everything that was known more concerned Nikolay Ivanovich Vavilov himself. Candidate of Historical Sciences Yakov Grigoryevich Rokityansky, biographer of Vavilov, for many years sought evidence of the life of Oleg Vavilov. He got lucky. He met Oleg’s widow, Lidiya Vasilyevna Kurnosova. Based on her stories and documents, which she managed to save, he collected unique information about the life of the eldest son Nikolay Vavilov. Read the article →

Dyatlov Pass: Semyon Zolotaryov and baby Sasha

Sasha - the baby that always broke his mother into tears

Baby Sasha was the only surviving child of the group. His whereabouts are unknown. Galina Sazonova, Doctor pediatrician and Dyatlov case researcher, is at the moment the person who knows best Semyon Zolotaryov's background. Sazonova has been researching his life and she is emotionally bound to keep going further. Read the story →

Dyatlov Pass: Slobodin posing in a burnt jacket

Whose jacket is this?

On this photo Slobodin is posing in a burnt quilted jacket. We know it is not his because Zina writes in her diary: "Burned mittens 2 and Yurkin's quilted jacket." When is writing in her diary Zina is usually referring to Yuri Krivonischenko as Yurka Kri (or Kriv.), and Yurka only is Doroshenko. As everything else in this case this happens to be controversial too. Read more →

Dyatlov Pass: 1957 Middle Ural

1957 Middle Ural

1957 February category I ski trek in Middle Ural along Chusovaya river from Staroutkinska to Martyanovo village, with ascend to Mt. Starik Kamen. Leading the group is Yuri Doroshenko. Ready to go and ready to live. Photo album from this trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Rustem Slobodin last post card

Rustem Slobodin last post card

For the first time Lyudmila Morgunova is publishing the post card her brother Rustem Slobodin mailed from Vizhay
26/I-1959 10 am
Hello sedentary citizens of Sverdlovsk!
Yesterday we safely reached the village of Vizhay. Now we are taking a truck to the starting point - 2nd Northern.
The weather is nice, warm (~ 10-15°). Everything is good. I am sorry I didn't say goodbye - got carried away.
All the best.
R Slobodin
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Dyatlov Pass: Urals Polytechnic Institute

How the group got together

Here is a little history of how the group got together, from documents and recollections of their fellow hikers; who went on this trek, who didn’t and why. Go to the trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Hiking experience of Dyatlov group

Hiking experience of Dyatlov group

The members of Dyatlov group were experienced, seasoned hikers. They knew what they were doing, and although the equipment, maps, skis and provisions for the harsh winter mountains were not up to the modern standards, the group was prepared and doing just fine. Until the moment they were not. All statements testify to the fact that this trek should not be much different from any preceding one, and certainly not so life threatening. Something must have gone terribly wrong. Hiking experience of Dyatlov group →

Dyatlov Pass: Caucasus 1957

1957 Caucasus

Aug 24-Sep 16, 1957 traverse in Caucasus Mountains leading the group Igor Dyatlov. Zinaida Kolmogorova is the group. For Igor Dyatlov the Mountains were calling, and he had to go (rephrasing John Muir). Igor Dyatlov was brave, confident, experienced and passionate. I know the kind - they can be wild when alone but they always take care of their fellows. Igor had sense of responsibility. Being a leader is a quality that can not be acquired but comes from the core of your heart. Mountaineering you can learn if you feel the tug. But you can't make people follow you and trust you with their lives. This is a talent that Igor had, he was a leader. Photo album from this trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Rita Mitrofanova and Zina Kolmogorova

1957 Northern Ural

Feb 10-26, 1957 hike in Northern Ural leading the group Igor Dyatlov. In the group are Zinaida Kolmogorova with category III as a nurse and Nikolay Thibeaux-Brignolle with category II. They are so full of life and expectations. This is how we should remember them. Photo album from this trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Peak Manaraga

Peak Manaraga

Peak Manaraga 1662 m is a landmark in the Subpolar Ural Mountains. Read more in Ural Stalker ("Уральский Следопыт") about the beautiful nature of the Ural and the trek in which Igor Dyatlov went in 1958, a year to his death.
Part 1  UralStalker 2017 №4 expedition in 1956 led by Korolyov in which no member of Dyatlov group participated
Part 2  UralStalker 2018 №2
Part 3  UralStalker 2018 №3
Part 4  UralStalker 2018 №4

Photo album from this trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Igor Dyatlov 1958

1958 Subpolar Ural

This scary looking photo of Igor Dyatlov in a makeshift mask is taken exactly a year before the tragic incident on Kholat Syakhl. January 1958 six students from Sverdlovsk went to ascend winter Manaraga. They were forced to split up at the very start - at Kozhim station - to fly into the mountains by plane. The second three - Igor Dyatlov, Pyotr Bartholomey and Nikolay Han, had to catch up with the rest. They went to the eastern slope of the Urals, to the Severniy Naroda base, in extreme conditions, without sleeping bags and a stove. Photo album from this trek →

Dyatlov Pass: Photos of Mansi

Mansi Mansi Mansi

The Mansi are ever present throughout the Dyatlov case. It is their land where the events take place. They help in the search of Dyatlov group although their testimonies seem to hide secrets. It is hard to believe they didn't know more than they said. Even if this the case, their sacred places and believes would not amount onto killing people intentionally. If they were involved in any aspect of the crime, this would be due to different motivation, not religious or drug educed rage. The Mansi are not the only mystery in Dyatlov case. The integrity of the Russians was far from solid as well. See the albums →

Dyatlov Pass: In a country of mysterious signs

"In a country of mysterious signs"

This is an overview of the testimonies of Mansi. They are contradictory to each other, and don't add up. The impression is that there are big gaps in between, and then something else is said, not bearing out previous testimony. Let's go over the testimonies of Mansi in 1959. Read more →

Mansi landmarks added to the Dyatlov Pass Google map

Dyatlov Pass: 1TV 04/16/2013 - Part 1

Russian Channel 1, Andrey Malahov 04/16/2013 - Part 1

Russian Channel 1 film crew with host Andrey Malahov together with correspondents from Komsomolskaya Pravda lived for a week on Dyatlov Pass. To this day there are 64 theories of what might have happened in February 1959. This episode features love quarrel, criminal versions of Mansi and escapees from the gulag, UFO and Yeti theories. See the episode →

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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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 regional hiking 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: 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: 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: Grigoriy Anisimovich Fedoseev and his guide Vasiliy Nikolaevich Mishtenko

Does it sound familiar?

Similar cases are described in "On the Road of Trial" by geologist 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: 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: 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: Case files

The Case Files

At last all Case files vol.1 translated by human. As if the case was not so convoluted on its own, Google translator adds an Alice in Wonderland take on it:

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

One can 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: Yury Yakimov's theory

Yury Yakimov's theory

Yury Yakimov was a shift foreman from Severouralsk (a city in the Northern Ural, 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: 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: Sergey Yakovlevich Shkryabach

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

February 1, 2017

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: 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 Moisey Abramovich. - The first question of Krivonischenko's mother: "Tell me, did Yura die as a man?" They died with dignity Keep reading →

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: 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: 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 →

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 →

Yuba County Five

The "American Dyatlov Pass"

This is a story about a group of five young men who vanished in the wilderness of Northern California on February 24, 1978. The whereabouts of 25-year-old Gary Mathias have never been determined. 45 years after the disappearance of the Yuba County Five, he is still missing. Because of the many hard to explain (or believe) facts the incident is dubbed "the American Dyatlov Pass".   Read the article →

Пятерка из Юбы

Американский «перевал Дятлова»

Пятеро молодых мужчин, возвращавшихся с баскетбольного матча в родной город, неожиданно оказываются в абсолютной глуши, после чего бросают автомобиль, идут по горным склонам еще несколько километров, замерзают по дороге, а те, кто все-таки добирается до жилья, еды и тепла, в итоге этим спасением не пользуются. Необъяснимость поведения пятерки не могла не вызвать сравнения с гибелью «группы Дятлова» в Уральских горах двумя десятилетиями ранее.   Read the article →

5 Boys Who Never Came Back

5 'Boys' Who Never Came Back

"What I looked for all the time I was up there were his glasses", says Mathias' step father. "I didn't think the bear would eat that." He is sitting at his dining room table. His voice is gruff. He is tired of reporters and tired of the pain and tired of not understanding what happened to the boy. Mathias' mother, across the table from him, says she had not turned on her television in weeks because she does not want to find out that way. She says she is going back up there on the weekend, back up to see if she can find something the searchers missed. "There's no place to look, Ida", says Klopf. "I'll find someplace", Mrs. Klopf says, turning her face away."   Read the article →

Yuba County Five

Out in the cold

"This case is bizarre as hell." said Jack Beecham, Yuba County Undersheriff. Many questions still remain in Beecham’s mind about what happened the night of Feb 24, 1978, and the weeks that followed. But he’s convinced that whatever took the boys up into the woods, it wasn’t their own doing. "They were either forced or manipulated", Beecham said. "And where does Mathias come into that? Maybe he had nothing to do with it – we’ll never know. But I think he did." Following a 1978 interview with Mathias’ longtime acquaintance Janet Enzerra, Yuba County Sgt. James Black wrote that Mathias had repeatedly told Enzerra of a dream where he and several other people would disappear.   Read the article →

Friends With a Snowy Fate

Friends With a Snowy Fate — The Case of the Yuba County Five

Old footprints in the snow and a relentless wind in the air, the Plumas National Forest in Sierra Nevada, California, held bare traces of humanity across the frozen land. Most of the campers who dared navigate the terrain were experienced with the area, especially given the wintry February climate. Yet for a group of friends from Yuba City, it was a confusing final destination that left their parents perplexed and concerned following news of their disappearances. Till this day, many answers remain about why the group went out of their way to an unfamiliar, mountainous path rather than straight home. The case is sometimes referred to as the “American Dyatlov Pass” for its similarities of cold, unforgiving weather, multiple casualties, and genuine mystery.   Read the article →

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Dyatlov Pass incident map

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Name (Age) Found Clothing (taken in, taken out)
Injuries & cause of death
Doroshenko (21) under tree Underwear, shirt, no shoes; Kolevatov was wearing his overalls; Igor was wearing a fur sleeveless vest which the case files say Yudin left to Kolevatov, but Yudin himself said in 2008 he gave to Doroshenko, read more. Autopsy reportHypothermia
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 from him. Autopsy reportHypothermia
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
Kolmogorova (22) 630m Better dressed than the previously found hikers. No footwear. Autopsy reportHypothermia
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
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.
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 quilted soft wadded boots without soles (burki) on his feet. Zolotaryov and Thibeaux were almost fully clothed and wearing some kind of footwear.

Autopsy reportMajor chest fractures; missing eye balls

Kolevatov (24) ravine (75m) He is wearing Doroshenko's overalls; the waistband of his sweater and lower part of his ski trousers tested radioactive. Radioactive Autopsy reportHypothermia; exposed skull bones
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



Jan 23 The group (10) takes train №45 from Sverdlovsk to the city of Serov. In the diary it says train №43 but there is no such train.
Jan 24 The group (10) arrives at Serov in the morning where Krivonischenko 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 №81 in Ivdel and takes a bus GAZ-51 to Vizhay
Jan 26 A truck GAZ-63 takes the group to a logging community called District 41 (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 health (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 and Sharavin find the tent
Prosecutor Vasiliy Tempalov opens an official investigation
Feb 27 Bodies of Doroshenko, Krivonischenko (by Sharavin and Koptelov), Dyatlov (mansi Kurikov group) and Kolmogorova (by Moiseev rescue dog) 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 11 Dubinina and Kolevatov are laid to rest in Mihaylovskoe cemetery. Zolotaryov is laid to rest in Ivanovskoe cemetery.
May 12 Thibeaux-Brignolle is laid to rest in Mihaylovskoe 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)
Aug 31 Court’s decision from 8/31/2018 to refuse the application to reopen the case Court Decision Letter
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, snow slab and hurricane.


Jan 22 Yury Chaika was fired. New Prosecutor General of Russia is appointed Igor Krasnov.
Jul 11 Andrey Kuryakov announces the conclusion of the new investigation - it was an avalanche.
Aug 10 Krasnov reprimanded Kuryakov. The investigation was warned of incomplete official compliance. This is the maximum possible punishment before dismissal.

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