- CASE FILES
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 Nikolai 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.
Russian engineer. Great-grandson of a French architect.
An emotional interview of Maria Piskareva with Anna Ermolaeva - Nikolai 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.
Dyatlov Pass search and rescue operation was unprecedented and was surpassed only 14 years later by the Chivruay tragedy on January 23, 1973. There quite a few similarities that are pointed out between the two tragic events.
It starts as a matter of fact exposé by Galina Sazonova, Doctor pediatrician and Dyatlov case researcher, but the author shows soon enough her sentiment to the characters involved and reveals her true feelings on the topic. At the moment she is maybe the person who knows best Semyon Zolotaryov background and to top that Galina is deeply emotionally bound to keep going further.
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?
On May 12 Lyudmila Dubinina, Alexander Kolevatov and Nikolai Thibeaux-Brignolle were buried in Mikhailovskoe 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.
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.
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.
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 (Vozrozhdenny didn't describe this injuries in 1959). Sergey Nikitin's conclusion is "it was one single impact, Zolotarev 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.
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.
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 Urals, Semen Zolotaryov announced enigmatically to his students "this whole world will start talking about this trek."
Kizilov Gennady 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.
In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy and the mystery surrounding it, 26-year-old Sverdlovsk pilot Gennady 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.
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 tourists. "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.
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.
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 tourists, 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.
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|Name(Age)||Found||Clothing||Injuries & cause of death|
|Yuri Doroshenko (21)||under tree||Underwear, shirt, no shoes; Dyatlov was wearing the knitted vest Yudin left Doroshenko before heading back||Hypothermia|
|Yuri Krivonischenko (23)||under tree||Underwear, shirt, no shoes; Dubinina took his sweater and and tore a flap of his underpants to wrap her foot probably after his death||Hypothermia|
|Igor Dyatlov (23)||300m||Very lightly dressed, no shoes, he was wearing the knitted vest Yudin left to Doroshenko before going back.||Hypothermia|
|Zinaida Kolmogorova (22)||630m||Better dressed that the previously found hikers. No footwear.||Hypothermia|
|Rustem Slobodin (23)||480m||Better dressed that the previously found hikers, one felt boot (valenka) on his right foot.||Hypothermia
Fractured skull, multiple areas of edema and abrasions on his face and his arms
|Lyudmila Dubinina (20)||ravine (75m)||Her foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko's underpants and she was wearing Krivonishenko's brown sweater that tested radioactive.||Major chest fractures
Missing her tongue, eyes, part of the lips, as well as facial tissue and a fragment of skullbone; tongue was missing
|Semyon Zolotaryov (38)||ravine (75m)||He was wearing Dubinina's faux fur coat and hat; camera on his neck. Zolotaryov and Thibeaux were almost fully clothed and wearing some kind of footwear.|
|Alexander Kolevatov (24)||ravine (75m)||The waistband of his sweater and lower part of his trousers tested radioactive.||Hypothermia
Exposed skull bones, broken nose
|Nikolai Thibeaux-Brignolle (23)||ravine (75m)||Thibeaux like Zolotaryov was better clothed than the rest of the members of the group. On his feet he wore hand-knitted woolen socks a pair of felt boots (valenki).||Major skull damage - multiple fractures to the side of his skull that would have made him unable to move|
|The radiation on two sweaters and pants was substantial|
The Dyatlov Pass incident (Russian: Гибель тургруппы Дятлова) is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The group consisted of eight men and two women. Most were students or graduates of Ural Polytechnical Institute. The goal of the 14 day expedition was to reach Otorten (1234.2m), a mountain 10 km (6 miles) north of the site of the incident. This route, at that season, was estimated as "Category III", the most difficult. All members were experienced in long ski tours and mountain expeditions. The group arrived by train at Ivdel, a city at the center of the northern province of Sverdlovsk Oblast on January 25. They then took a truck to Vizhay - the last inhabited settlement so far north. They started their march toward Otorten from Vizhay on January 27. The next day, one of the members - Yuri Yudin, was forced to go back because of illness. Diaries and cameras found around their last camp made it possible to track group's route up to the day preceding the incident.
The hike started out fairly late on February 1 and only traveled 4 km (2.5 miles) that day. Excess gear and food was stored on a platform in the forest called labaz, or camp base. Camp was set up around 5 pm on a slope of Kholat Syakhl just 16 km (10 miles) from Mount Otorten. They had their dinner around 6-7 pm and one or two members of the group went outside to relieve themselves, presumably Semyon Zolotaryov and Nikolai Thibeaux-Brignolle, since they were found to have been better dressed than the others. Then something went catastrophically wrong.
It had been agreed beforehand that Dyatlov would send a telegram to their sports club as soon as the group returned to Vizhay. It was expected that this would happen no later than February 12, but Dyatlov had told Yudin that he expected to be longer, and so when date passed and no message had been received there was no immediate reaction - delays of few days were common in such expeditions. Only after the relatives of the travelers demanded a rescue operation did the head of the institute send the first rescue groups consisting of volunteer students and teachers, on February 20. Later, the army and police forces became involved, with planes and helicopters being ordered to join the rescue operation.
* Yuri Yudin fell sick halfway and returned thus remaining alive. He didn't have the slightest idea of what might have happened to his comrades.
On February 26, the searchers found the abandoned and badly damaged tent on Kholat Syakhl. Mikhail Sharavin, the student who found the tent said: ..."the tent was half torn down and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and shoes had been left behind." Investigators said the tent had been cut open from inside and that skiers had fled in socks or barefoot. A chain of eight or nine sets of footprints, left by several people who were wearing socks, a single shoe or barefoot, could be followed and led down towards the edge of nearby woods (on the opposite side of the pass, 1.5 km north-east) but after 500 m they were covered with snow.
At the forest edge, under a large old cedar, the search party found the remains of a fire, along with the first two bodies, those of Yuri Krivoshenko and Yuri Doroshenko, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. The branches on the tree were broken up to five meters high suggesting that skiers had climbed up to look for something, perhaps the camp. Forensic tests later confirmed that traces of skin were found embedded in the bark indicating that the pair had frantically attempted to climb the tree snapping off branches until their hands were mass of pulpy flesh. The medical examiner recorded that some of the corpses had livor mortis on the front. Given that such marks always form on the side of a body that has been pressed against the ground, this indicated that someone had turned them over after death.
On February 27 between the cedar and the tent the searchers found Igor Dyatlov (300 m from the cedar) and Zinaida Kolmogorova (630 m from the cedar), and 6 days later on March 5 - Rustem Slobodin (480 m from the cedar). The three seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent. A medical examination found no injuries which might have led to their deaths, and it was concluded that they had died of hypothermia. Slobodin had a small crack in his skull, but it was not thought to be a fatal wound. A legal inquest started immediately after finding the first five bodies. Searching for the remaining four travelers took more than two months.
They were finally found on May 5 under four meters of snow in a ravine 75 m farther into the woods from the cedar tree. These four were better dressed than the others, and there were signs that those who had died first had apparently relinquished their clothes to the others. Zolotaryov was wearing Dubinina's faux fur coat and hat, while Dubinina's foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko's wool pants. An examination of the four bodies found in May changed the cource of the whole investigation. Three of them had fatal injuries: the body of Thibeaux-Brignolle had major skull damage, and both Dubinina and Zolotaryov had major chest fractures. According to Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, the force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high. He compared it to the force of a car crash. Notably, the bodies had no external wounds as if they were crippled by a high level of pressure. Dubinina was found to be missing her tongue. The group clearly realized their threats and did everything they could to preserve themselves. They had managed to dig out a den in the snow, lay it down with branches in an effort to keep themselves warm. But the things were about to get even more bizarre. Bodies were actually found few feet from their improvised shelter in the deep part of the ravine on the area of only 4 m2. Some of the hikers' clothing (2 sweaters and pants) were found to be radioactive. Also, some of the clothes taken from the bodies underneath the cedar tree were placed on the cedar branches, but apparently they were not used.
|Jan 23||The group (10) takes train No.43 from Sverdlovsk to the city of Serov.|
|Jan 24||The group (10) arrives at Serov in the morning where Krivo 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 in Ivdel and takes the bus to Vizhay|
|Jan 26||A truck takes the group to a logging community called 41st settlement (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 healt (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 spends the night on the banks of Auspiya river and leaves provisions on a raised platform (labaz) to lighten their backpacks for the ascent|
|Feb 1||The group starts late, goes 500m off their planned route and pitch their tent on the north slope of Kholat Syakhl
what is nowadays called Dyatlov Pass is not where they went but where they intended to go
|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 finds the tent
Prosecutor Vasily Tempalov opens an official investigation
|Feb 27||Bodies of Doroshenko, Krivonischenko (by Sharavin and Koptelov), Kolmogorova (by Moyseev rescue dog) and Dyatlov (mansi Kurikov group) 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|
|Mar 8||Autopsy of Slobodin|
|Mar 9||Doroshenko and Kolmogorova are buried in Mikhailovskoe cemetery
Krivonischenko is buried in Ivanovskoe Cemetery
|Mar 10||Dyatlov and Slobodin are buried in Mikhailovskoe 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 12||Dubinina, Kolevatov and Thibeaux-Brignolle are buried in Mikhailovskoe cemetery
Zolotaryov is buried in Ivanovskoe 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 tourists, it is concluded that the cause of their demise was overwhelming force, which the tourists 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)|