G. Kurikov witness testimony


Sheet 232

questioning the witness

March 23, 1959 Prosecutor of the Prosecutor's Office of the city of Ivdel, Sverdlovsk region, Jr Counselor of Justice Tempalov interrogated in the office

as a witness, in compliance with Article 162-168 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the RSFSR

  1. Surname, name and middle name Kurikov Grigoriy Nikolaevich
  2. Year of birth 57 years
  3. Place of birth Ivdelsky district village of Suevat-Paul
  4. Nationality: Mansi
  5. Political affiliation: none
  6. Education (which school graduated and when): semi-literate
  7. Occupation: a) currently - the place of work and position: hunter, deputy of the Ivdel City Council
  8. b) at the time to which the testimony refers: same
  9. Criminal record: no
  10. Permanent residence (exact address and telephone number): village of Suevat-Paul
  11. Passport:
  12. What is the relationship with the accused: stranger

On the responsibility for the first part of Art. 92 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR for refusing to testify and under Art. 95 Criminal Code of the RSFSR for giving knowingly false testimony is forewarned. Signature (Mansi sign).


The witness said: I understand Russian well. I can sign only in Mansi. I personally do not think that anyone from Mansi attacked Russian hikers, as this never happened before. I would still hear from Mansi if anybody attacked the hikers because I keep my ears open. But there is no reason for Mansi to attack hikers. Sacred mountain, I know for sure is in the upper sources of the river. Nobody lives there in neither summer or winter. The sacred mountain is not guarded by any one. Russian people are allowed to go there. About the fact that near the sacred place there live five Mansi or any people, and that they are afraid of Mansi, I personally did not say any such thing, that includes the police. There are no Mansi people who do not go to Ivdel. There were no outsiders in the area, that Mansi did not know about. We would have known about strangers, that is, because Mansi hunt and would have met them. There are no Mansi in the region that would have treated Russians badly. Why and how the hikers died, I am absolutely at lost how could this happen.

Recorded correctly, it was read to me


Prosecutor of the city of Ivdel signature


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