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The Death of Hikers 1959 - short summary by Gennadiy Kizilov
Kizilov G.I. and Askinadzi V.М. at Station Peak-Neyvinsk June 9, 2013
This summary on the investigation of the tragedy with the Dyatlov group was compiled on the basis of new facts set forth in the article. The new facts were obtained entirely from the analysis of the documents of the criminal case, the protocols of the debriefing of the search parties and the relatives of the hikers of the Dyatlov group, as well as publications in the press about this incident.
The result is preliminary. New facts should not be taken as indisputable, but their denial requires serious (I emphasize the word "serious") evidence. These new facts change the "enchanted circular trajectory", according to which the public solution of the tragedy in the forums has been rotating for about twenty recent years.
The analysis itself is simple and can be verified. The help of mediums, with which we started the research in 1991 and which I mentioned at the beginning of the article, has nothing to do with the analysis of documents. At this stage, we can assume that it was not any help from the mediums.
Majority Dyatlov case followers rely on the Decree of the Prosecutor Ivanov from May 28, 1959 on the termination of the criminal case on the tragedy with the Dyatlov group. An analysis of this document shows that there are very few truthful statements in it. It contradicts the testimony of witnesses. Therefore, you can not rely on it.
The essence of the novelty of the facts boils down to the fact that with a cursory examination of documents shows about forty signs of the presence in the area of the search (Mount Peakauspiya, or "1079") of so-called "outsiders". At the same time, no traces are identified being left from Dyatlov group. The investigation did not even set a task to identify the tracks. That is, the investigation had extraordinary features. Shouting about "8-9 pairs of tracks" (16-18 pieces?) do not apply to the case, they can be ignored without a twinge of conscience.
Testimony of navigator Karpushin in the publication of Aleksander Arhipov broke the evidence base of the old version, which did not cause anything but doubts and questions. Karpushin on February 25 saw from the plane a tent with flying rags of a canopy slant cut by an ax. Only this one fact in itself is huge, because on the morning of February 26 the searcher Slobtsov and his comrades saw the same severed canopy slant after his brigade dug out this side of the tent from under hard snow! The weather on February 25 was excellent: sunny, no precipitation. And suddenly a layer of solid snow 15-20 centimeters appeared on a recumbent tent! How did the tent "lay down" for the night under the snow? Where could a layer of hard snow come from, if it was not doctored by cleaners? After removing the rear (from the entrance) pole from under the ridge, the cleaners dropped the tent, having filled it in with the things of Dyatlov group, and threw snow on top of it. The imitation of the fact that the tent stayed for three weeks under the snow was carried out perfectly, because many Dyatlov case followers in the span of 10-15 years could not guess that this was fake, that the tent had arrived here two days ago, that such a tattered tent could not be used of use to anyone.
The conditions in which Slobotsov discovered a Chinese flashlight on the side of the tent indicate that the "stage workers" were experienced and paid attention to trifles. The flashlight lay on a layer of snow 5-10 centimeters thick, and there was no snow on top. That is, as if it was thrown on the side not at the beginning of the snowfall, but somewhere closer to its end. It was done to throw off the searchers. More clues were left for the search parties: the rear pole in the tent was missing; traces of urine near the tent; a ski pole inside the tent, on top of all things, shortened by a "determining notch". A ski pole, not even shortened, could not stand up to prop the tent.
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The Dyatlov case followers did not cope with the tent. By the way, Titov (from the Northern geological expedition), flying by plane over that spot on February 24 and looking for traces of skis, did not see the tent (not the angle sticking out from under the snow, but a standing tent with a clearly visible torn slant). So, it was not there yet. It appeared (was delivered and installed) on the evening of February 24, and on the morning of February 25 it was already seen by Karpushin from that same airplane. The An-2 was the only one in Ivdel.
In addition to the tent, Karpushin saw next to it two corpses: male and female. On the morning of February 26, there were no corpses near the tent. At least, the search parties from Slobtsov group didn't say they were. But they can not be always trusted. It is possible that they saw the corpse when they climbed into the tent, because, according to Georgiy Atmanaki search group, at the end of February the "finders" of the tent were incapable to continue due to the accumulated stresses from the first two days.
The two corpses near the tent seen by Karpushin on February 25 do not testify in favor of "escaping from the Mountain of the Dead", but about "the corpses of Dyatlov group being delivered" to the slope of the mountain "1079", and not that "Dyatlov group have come on their feet". Probably, they were "unloaded" in two places: the tent area and the cedar area. Blankets were used to pull the corpses through the slope hence the tourniquets found in the tent that are not described in detail. These were not medical harnesses, but kind of "makeshift ropes" - twisted pieces of cloth.
The question of the site from which the corpses of Dyatlov group were brought to the slope of the mountain Peakauspiya remains open. The approximate place of the disaster is known as the "area of Mount Otorten", but dead and half-dead Dyatlov group were taken from the scene of the tragedy right away, immediately. Where could have they been taken?
Yudin Y. E. message helps to answer this question. From his words, even before the UPI became aware of the death of the Dyatlov group, compromising evidence about the dead hikers began to circulate that they allegedly tried to run away abroad! If this "dirt" could stick, then the dead Dyatlov group would have been discovered not on the mountain Peakauspiya, but somewhere two-day away distance (40 kilometers) north of Otorten. Their names would have been shamed, UPI leadership dismissed, and "comrades" would call the names of the Dyatlov group with disgust. But the "dirt" did stick, and the corpses were transferred to another area of the searches, which in a short time had to be staged for the arrival of the search parties.
The scenario was put together at the headquarters of the Central Committee and the regional committee of the CPSU, how the search operation will proceed and find the corpses. This plan was to be followed.
The third fact reported by navigator Karpushin (the first fact - a tent "standing straight up", the second fact - two corpses near the tent), - there was a general in Ivdel, who led the operation of finding the tent. About the generals in Ivdel in connection with the search for the Dyatlov group reported by many correspondents: local historian V. Shtrauh, investigator V. Korotaev, special correspondent of the newspaper "Ural worker" G. Grigoriev, journalist of the "Regional newspaper" A. Gushchin.
In addition to the generals, in Ivdel was noted the presence of Central Committee members (prosecutor Tempalov), who helped send Dryahlyh M.T. on a helicopter for the inspection of the route of the Dyatlov group, Regional Committee of the CPSU members and leaders of the UPI.
The "legal" leader of the searches was the first secretary of the Ivdel Committee of the CPSU Prodanov I.S. In his shadow, behind the screen, were the true leaders of this charade. When Maslennikov E.P. (head of the UPI sports club - ed.note) joined the search he introduced a radical change in the initial search plan, which can be guessed as a small-scale one. Maslennikov's proposal to drop off search groups to inspect the entire route of the Dyatlov group was approved by the Regional Committee of the CPSU, and later on used to create a mess of the search.
The leaders of the search operation played with the search groups like cat and mouse. They were called off on February 26, when the tent was spotted from the plane, but it has not yet been "discovered" by the group of students under the leadership of Slobtsov, as was indicated in the plan of the Regional Committee. As soon as the message was received at Ivdel search headquarters at 6 pm Moscow time on February 26 (this is 8 PM local time) about the discovery of the tent by Slobtsov group, about 40 members of the search parties from different points of the route of Dyatlov group were transferred to area where the tent was discovered in the next day. (see map - click on the Search 1959 layer - ed. note)
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And the anarchist investigation began with the forces of incompetent, inquisitive and ambitious prospectors-students without prosecutorial supervision or at least а briefing. The chaos started by the Slobtsov group, and then carried by the entire "army" of search parties, was not only in the hands of the search leaders, but he was also planned by them. Therefore, we can say that the commissions created with the blessing of the Regional Committee, more often than not, played the role they were cast for.
First to go to Ivdel were Lev Gordo, Chairman of the UPI sports club, and Yuri Blinov, a student of UPI leading a group of hikers who were traveling with Dyatlov group. Their ways parted in the village of "41st district".
Lev Gordo felt threatened with punishment for having "overslept" the deadline for Dyatlov group return, and let out a rumor that Dyatlov had said to Yudin, who had returned from the trek, that the group is lagging behind the schedule and is moving the deadline to a later date. This is a lie for save his skin, because when parting with Yudin in the village of 2nd Northern, Dyatlov group outpace the schedule set by Dyatlov himself with one day. This is very easy to determine. If you "set" the average speed of advancement at 20 kilometers per day, and we know the distance from Vizhay (starting point) to the 2nd Northern is 60 kilometers, then the group "on foot" would cover it in three days. At this pace the group managed to save one day by arriving at the 2nd Northern late in the evening on 27 January. So, skiing on the "voluntaristic" schedule of Dyatlov, his group was supposed to leave the 2nd Northern on January 29, but they left on January 28th. As for the schedule fixed in the protocol of the Route commission, they were 3 days ahead of the timeline i.e. on January 28, the group had to leave the village of Vizhay, but in fact they left the 2nd Northern located at a distance of three days' walk. In other words they were well within the schedule time if not ahead of it.
Slobtsov group, consisting of 9 students, was divided into Ivdel airport in two units, which on the afternoon of February 23, were dropped off by two helicopters, almost simultaneously, in two different places. One unit of four students (which included Slobtsov) and two guides assigned to him (6 people in all) were disembarked on the eastern part of Otorten mountain range. Another unit of five students was disembarked on the slope of Hoy-Ekva (Хой-Эква) mountain (the slope in the lower part of the Auspiya river).
About the activities of the first unit for February 23-25, before the merger of the units on Auspiya, almost nothing is known. The search parties are silent. The second unit in the lower part of the slope of Mount Hoy-Ekva immediately saw a fire and people near the fire. The unit spent the night there. Probably, the unit met with the "outsiders" (KGB officers in search). Further, the unit began to move up the Auspiya, finding the "barely noticeable" traces of narrow skis. On February 25, both units merged. There were 11 people in the group.
On Auspiya river, the group of Slobtsov allegedly found the "previous" camp site of Dyatlov group. Not far from it another "previous" camp site of Dyatlov group was discovered by Mansi. It is not known when did they manage to do that. In my opinion, the "barely noticeable" traces of narrow skies and the two "previous" camp sites of Dyatlov group were staged by the "outsiders".
At a meeting of the headquarters in Ivdel, Ortyukov (Colonel, overall logistics and helicopter support - ed. note) and Maslennikov talked about some South group, which was supposed to leave the 2nd Northern settlement and move up Lozva before joining Slobtsov group. Probably, the mysterious South group was the detachment of KGB officers.
On February 26, the guides led part of the Slobtsov group to "discover" Dyatlov's tent. The group of the "finders" consisted of five people: Slobotsov, Brusnitsyn, Sharavin and two guides - Cheglakov and Pashin. The tent was "discovered", but the three students were totally done in: stress, fatigue, incapable to continue work.
The labaz was found in early March. The protocol of the discovery was dated by prosecutor Ivanov on March 2, but the finding took place on March 3, late in the evening, in the dark, in a blizzard. This discovery, of course, is a fiction.
Evgeniy Maslennikov, who was eager to find the Dyatlov group and appointed the head of the search, stayed for only a week and began to ask to go home.
An interesting fact follows from the testimony of Moses Akselrod during the interrogation (see sheet 325 - ed. note). He saw the hand-written Dyatlov group satirical propaganda leaflet "Evening Otorten" and Zolotaryov's diary, because he compared Zolotaryov's handwriting to the handwriting in the leaflet.
There are a lot of questions in connection with the death of hikers in the Northern Urals. In fact the only two life witnesses that participated in the events are: former investigator of the Ivdel Prosecutor's Office Korotaev Vladimir Ivanovich and former head of the search special mission Slobtsov Boris Efimovich. Two though cookies.