- CASE FILES
Author Galina Sazonova
Resolution to close the case – one of the most cited documents of the Criminal Case.
This is the document that explains the cause of the death of the group with an "overwhelming force, which the hikers were unable to overcome".
This is the document that allows all opponents of the criminal versions to use the phrase “no traces of outsiders” as an argument.
I suspect that it was this document that formed the basis of the “controlled environment” theory by Alexey Rakitin, in which he makes Georgiy Krivonischenko as one of the “main characters”, suggesting that one of his clothes was specifically contaminated with radiation (the famous “Krivonishchenko pants”) .
It is this document that discredits earlier (often less well known to not so advanced researchers) documents and statements.
And in this regard, this document deserves a very careful attention to itself, attempts to analyze almost every phrase, comparison with other sources. Moreover, there are 3 variants of this document and they all differ from each other.
Starting to work with this document and its variants, first of all I wondered:
Because it is this document that puts an end to the investigation into the cause of the death of the group, and it was this document that was given to the relatives, not the rest of the documents of the criminal case.
Here I will try only to identify the moments in this document that are unclear to me, to show the discrepancy with other sources and address the questions that arise personally for me. Agree or disagree with these questions, to try to find answers can every reader on their own.
Zolotaryov initials are wrong. In all 3 versions of the resolution.
This is also the case in another document - the protocol of forensic medical examination. Both documents are procedural. There is a question about the identification of Zolotaryov.
However, in non-procedural documents (like the receipt of Semyon’s mother receiving his belongings), the name of Zolotaryov is stated quite correctly. So Ivanov knew what his name really was.
It can be added here that Zolotaryov's initials are wrong in the well-known protocols of the city committee and the regional committee of the CPSU, on the plate on the monument.
There is no data on the hiking training of the participants, even in such documents as the project of the expedition and the report of the Moscow experts. Especially the question of preparation was supposed to concern all the same Semyon Zolotaryov. Semyon Zolotaryov was approved twice - first in Sogrin group, and then in Dyatlov group. However, it later turned out that none of the commission members (including Maslennikov) had ever seen him personally. There are no documents stating Zolotaryov's qualification either.
From Zina diary for 30.01 «Today, maybe, we will build a storage.»
From group diary for 31.01 «I can't even start thinking of setting up a storage»
The diaries are not giving us a definite information about where and whether they built a storage.
It can be assumed that the investigation saw the storage marked on the sketches the group made and probably found among the items in the tent - this explains how easily and quickly it was found on March 2. But at the same time, on February 25, in the canister dropped by Slobtsov group, a clear instruction was given to “search for a storage site”. So how did the search party knew about the storage if the tent itself was found on February 26th?
The start of the ascent - see "photo examination"
There is no data confirming that the ski trail belongs to the group. Moreover, according to the recollections of Slobtsov (the person who found this ski trail), they could not even determine the direction of movement along it (up or down), since there were no traces of poles.
Even assuming that this ski trail belonged to Dyatlov group
Even during searches, requests were made for weather conditions on the night of February 1st to 2nd.
Answers to queries about the weather (reflected Maslennikov notebook)
Weather February 1 in Ivdel was a temperature of 17 northwest wind 14 m second
Weather near the airfield on February 1, temperature 8-9°C, wind 10-14 m/s gusty
According to an extract from the journal of meteorological observations in Burmantovo (should have been provided to the investigation), the temperature on February 1 was -4 -10°C.
Thus, Ivanov’s statement about a very low temperature down to -30°C degrees is not justified by anything, but only explains well "why everyone froze".
Note: it is precisely this 5 pm that the countdown of when they left the site of the last stop is based: “Dyatlov, as the head of the group, made a gross mistake*, expressed in the fact that the group began the ascent of I.II.59 only in 15-00"
Apparently Ivanov is referring to these photos:
These photos belong to the category of "loose photos", the source is not known. They are NOT part of the criminal case (and they must be, if they were examined), the frames are NOT from any of Dyatlov group members films.
In the materials of the criminal case, there is NO document of the examination for establishing the time when the pictures were taken, as well as there are no documents reflecting the state of the cameras.
Thus, this statement of Ivanov is not at all confirmed by any of the materials of the criminal case.
Assessment of the state of the tent causes a huge amount of controversy, because prior to inspection by the authorities, it was partially examined by the search party. Some of the items were taken from there by them and, possibly, returned the next day. It is also not known exactly when the investigators found out (or did they) about the fact that rescuers handles items form inside the tent.
Ivanov gives 2 characteristics of the tent sides – A) "lee side" B) "where hikers laid their heads".
In accordance with these characteristics, we are talking about the western slant, facing the rise, not descent. And from this it follows that the group through the sections “ensuring the free exit of a person” should have come up, not down the descent.
According to the scheme of the tent attached to the act of forensic examination - the cuts are depicted on the opposite slant - the eastern, not the one about which Ivanov writes.
Ivanov claims: as established in the subsequent forensic examination*, … turned out to be cut from inside in two places Ivanov assigns expertise of the tent on 16 Mar 1959.
The tent comes to the lab 01 Apr 1959.
Examination begins 03 Apr 1959 and finished 16 Apr 1959.
However, on March 27, Moscow masters of sports (Bardin, Shuleshko) send their reports to the Central Committee of the CPSU and it already says that "experts have established that the tent is torn from the inside".
What expertise do the masters refer to if the tent is not even delivered to the laboratory by this point?
Does this mean that there were several examinations, or does this mean that the decision to "torn from the inside" was made initially, this was reported to the Central Committee, and the examination of April 16 only confirms this?
Report of the masters of sports in the Central Committee of the CPSU
The statement about the length of the area of traces of 500m is not only not confirmed, but contradicts with other case files documents.
Ivanov completely avoids mentioning the trace in the shoe. The footprint in the shoe contradicts the statement that there are no traces of strangers, since no member of the shoe group was wearing. However, the trace of the boot is clearly mentioned in the protocol of Chernyshov testimony.
“we counted on the tent down to the valley 6 or 7 pairs of tracks, and 20 m to the left of them went 2 more pair of tracks. Then in 30-40 m these two groups (2 and 7 tracks) came together and do not part. The tracks were very well distinguished. In some footprints could be seen that the person was walking barefoot or in cotton sock, because the toes were imprinted. Further down was visible one track in a boot. Very well etched heel and the heel portion, and the intermediate part is not printed.”
And sketched in Maslennikov notebook.
Ivanov doesn't say that not only tracks of outsiders were not found, but also the traces of Dyatlov group themselves were not found:
Thus, it is more correct to say that in many areas, due to weather conditions, traces were not preserved in general. Including the group itself.
Maslennikov in his diary, despite the "absence of traces," allows for the presence of strangers.
According to Ivanov’s calculations, Zina’s body was found 870 meters from the tent, which is contrary to the protocol for inspecting the scene: In the same area, strictly in the south-west direction on the slope of height “1079” at a distance of 500 (changed from "58" or "56" - ed. note) meters from the body (later identified as Igor Alekseevich Dyatlov) was discovered a body of a female. Identified as Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova.
Why is this important?
Besides the poses, it would be more revealing if they were trying to go back to the tent if there were any traces left, but non were noticed.
Going back to XI and XIII
XI – Ivanov "reduces" the length of the traces from 800-1000m to 500.
XIII – Ivanov "pushes" Zina away from the tent, from 500m to 850.
Thus, Zina is no longer in the area of the footprints, which would follow from the Case files materials: Zina was found 500 meters from the tent, while the tracks were preserved for 800–1000m.
According to Ivanov the tracks end at a distance of 500 m, Zina lies at a distance of 850m, where there are no footprints.
The problem is that there were no traces of return (!) among the tracks, which should have been, if Zina was going back to the tent from the cedar. This is why Ivanov changes the distance.
If he had followed the information from the Case files, it would have turned out that Zina had died only 500 meters down, and the group had left her body there. In this case, the descent from the tent at 500 m is clearly not enough time to freeze.
Was Semyon wearing Lyuda's clothes?
According to the autopsy report, Zolotaryov is wearing a “brown sport button-down jacket with a button”. And a "tarpaulin green fur jacket on sheepskin" is found on Tibo, which, according to the description, resembles Luda's jacket, which was not found in March.
As for the cap, which also "turned out to be on Zolotaryov", in volume 2 there is a note written by Ivanov himself, that "the green cap is on Tibo".
As for "Dubinina’s bare leg wrapped in Krivonishchenko’s woolen trousers"
According to the autopsy report: Left leg - part of lower leg and foot wrapped in a gray woolen burnt flap from a jacket with a sleeve
Protocol of inspection of the scene where the bodies were found: «half of the sweater is wrapped around the right leg - a beige color sweater»
Resolution for radiological testing: brown sweater from № 4 (№4 – Lyudmila Dubinina, according to the autopsy protocol number, coincidence in the number of decays - 9900)
Thus, the statement about the “woolen trousers” is not confirmed by any document and even contradicts the resolution on conducting the Resolution for radiological testing, written by Ivanov himself.
Finding a knife is not documented anywhere and is not reflected in any of the memories of search participants. The same Krivonischenko knife was not presented to relatives and was not returned to them. Unlike all other knives of the group.
According to the autopsy report Kolevatov has "a wound of undetermined shape behind the right ear in the area of the mastoid process". Moreover, the conclusion of the Vozrozhdenny about death from hypothermia is not justified, since none of the signs characteristic of hypothermia is indicated in the descriptive part of the protocol. The cause of Kolevatov's death can be considered not determined.
Let's try to figure it out.
Who do the samples belong to? In the «Radiological Analysis Report» it is said.
In the Certificate of Examination all objects of investigation are numbered from №1 to №4.
As in the autopsy reports.
In each of the autopsy protocols there is evidence of the clothes that were on the bodies.
If you compare these data, then Ivanov is wrong:
You can also pay attention to the phrase from the very Resolution for radiation testing:
"At the disposal of the expert to present all the clothes of Zolotaryov, Dubinina, Kolevatov and Thibeaux-Brignolle, as well as part of their bodies." We are aware of the expertise of only 10 samples.
Multiple external lesions were found on each body, such as abrasions, wounds, hematomas, burns, etc., as recorded in the autopsy protocols.
The icing on the cake.
In the decision to terminate a criminal case on the fact of death there is not a single word about when did they die.