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Central Committee of the CPSU

to the Council of Ministers of the USSR

March 7, 1959

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.

On February 19, the institute contacted local party and Soviet authorities with a request for assistance in finding the missing students.

Search groups consisting of trained skating athletes from the institute and employees of the Ivdel forced labor camp of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with search dogs were sent to the area of Mount Otorten by helicopter.

On February 26, on the southern slopes of the mountain, a search group found a tent, skis, an ice ax, a camera, blankets and food left by the hikers. The next day four corpses were found in the snow one kilometer from the tent.

The Sverdlovsk Regional Committee of the CPSU created a commission to organize the search and investigate the causes of the deaths of the students.



February 21 this year The USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs reported an armed robbery of a department store in the Sunzhensky district of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

As a result of the operational activities carried out, it was established that this crime was committed by persons from among the residents of the Achkhoy-Martan and Nazran districts of the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Using this data, in some villages of these areas, the forces of the military unit of the 66th motorized rifle separate division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out an operation to search and detain criminals. March 1 this year The leaders of the predatory armed groups and their participants, 11 people in total, were tracked down and arrested. Among them were: warehouse manager of the Lermontov state farm SAIDOV Magomed, member of the CPSU; who did not work anywhere SAIDOV Hasan, BARAHOEV Makhmud, KUSIKOV Rashid, MUTSOLGOV Abdulmazhid: driver of the logging site MERZHOEV Magomed, loader of the logging site USTARHANOV Selebek and others.

The following items were confiscated from the criminals: a "PPSh" machine gun, a "TT" pistol*, a Nagan revolver, 6 hunting rifles, a small-caliber rifle, more than 200 cartridges, 5 Finnish knives and daggers, as well as 17,100 rubles, 4 savings books with deposits worth 10,000 rubles and a large number of manufactured goods.

(* The PPSh-41 submachine gun was developed in 1940 by designer Georgy Shpagin and at the end of 1940 adopted by the Red Army. It used a 7.62 × 25 mm cartridge. By the end of the war, about 55% of Soviet soldiers were armed with it. The TT semi-automatic pistol was developed in 1930 by Fyodor Tokarev. This pistol was named after the city it was developed and produced (Tula) and its designer (Tokarev), or TT for short. It was developed to meet requirements of the Red Army.)

An investigation is underway.

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- case of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR
- Main police department Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR
Okusheva, March 5, 1959
reg. № 1208 / February 28, 1959
... from March 5, 1959, outgoing №105 from
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