It had been agreed beforehand that Dyatlov would send a telegram to UPI sports club as soon as the group returns 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. The relatives of the missing hikers demanded a rescue operation and only then did the head of the institute send on February 20 the first rescue groups consisting of volunteer students and teachers. Later, the army and police forces became involved, with planes and helicopters being ordered to join the rescue operation.

The first person to become bothered by the delay of the hikers return was Kolevatov’s eldest sister Rimma Sergeevna Kolevatova. She started asking questions, urging authorities to start a rescue operation, and on February 26 she sent a telegram to Nikita Khrushchev.

The telegram was shown in Kremlin on February 27. Rimma Kolevatova's testimony published below clearly shows her knowledge that a telegram from the hikers sent from Vizhay was expected on February 12 with a notice about their arrival in Sverdlovks. Kolevatov's sister, in her despair, made up and earlier date of the group’s expected return date to make the facts more ominous. This telegram may have escalated the search and rescue operation to the highest circles. Special report dated February 28 addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the USSR signed by the Minister of the Interior of the RSFSR is published below.

Dyatlov Pass: Rimma Kolevatova telegram to Nikita Khrushchev dated 27 February 1959

"Dear Nikita Sergeevich By the scheduled date on February 9, a group of tourists from the Polytechnic Institute of Sverdlovsk did not return from an expedition in the Northern Urals Search began late only after 10 days had passed Regional organizations have not yet taken effective measures We earnestly request your assistance in the urgent search for our children. Every hour counts now"

Testimony of Rimma Sergeevna Kolevatova April 14, 1959:

"... The search of the missing group started with a great delay. The group was supposed to return in Sverdlovsk on February 14-15, on February 12 they were to send a telegram from Vizhay, their final point along the route. Parents were worried about their children and, of course, they called both the UPI sports club and the city sports club (according to Dubinina and Slobodin's families). I myself called the institute only on February 17, 3 days after the expected return date. I couldn't get hold of UPI sports club chairman Gordo, all my attempts to get through to him were futile. I then called the city sports club Comrade Ufimtsev. He assured me that there is nothing to worry about, that the group is delayed for a week and they are on their way back. A certain fact is indignant and criminal: Gordo informed UPI party committee that a telegram had been received from Vizhay on February 18 reporting a delay of the group. Secretary of the UPI party committee Comrade F. P. Zaostrovsky did not check on Gordo's report and did not inform the Director of UPI Comrade N. S. Syunov, about the incident. The Director learned about the missing group only after he was phoned by Comrade Pedchenko E.P. from the city party committee (I myself had to go to the city committee with a request to take measures to initiate search of the missing group). There was a telegram though, but from a different group that was in the same area (Blinov's group), so the institute's directorate was not informed about the negligence. The search began only at the insistence of the parents of tourists...

The above fact testifies to the utter indifference and lack of control on behalf of those responsible for organizing the campaign and launching the search groups."

Dyatlov Pass: special report dated 28 February 28 addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the USSR signed by the Minister of the Interior of the RSFSR

Special report
Re the death of the Ural Polytechnic Institute students - members of a tourist trek in Sverdlovsk region

"During the winter break a group of students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute (Sverdlovsk), consisting of nine people, left for the Ivdel District of the Sverdlovsk Region to undertake a 300 km ski trip along the route north of Mt Ivdel – in the area of Mt Otorten.
On January 28 the group left from village Burmantovo 70 km north of Mt Ivdel with provisions to last till Fevruary 14.
On February 19, the Institute appealed to local party and Soviet authorities asking for help in finding the missing students. To that point Department of Internal Affairs of Sverdlovsk Region didn’t know anything about the missing tourists.
Search groups including trained skiers-athletes from the Institute and workers from the Ivdel Correctional labor camp with search dogs were dropped by helicopters in the area of Mt Otorten.
On February 26 on the south face of the mountain rescuers found tents with skis, ice axe, cameras, blankets and provisions, and on February 27, 1 km from away - 4 corpses covered with snow. The searches continue. Participants are 46 athletes- skiers, airplanes and helicopters are dispatched to aid in the search.
Sverdlovsk Regional Committee of CPSU established a commission to oversee the organization of the search and investigation of the reasons for the deaths of the students."

Minister of the Interior of the RSFSR

Igor Dyatlov didn’t file all the required documents for the trip, notably the map or the rout. The organization of the rescue expedition became hindered by this fact. The necessary information began to be feverishly reconstructed from the stories of people who heard about the plans of Dyatlov group. The problem with the missing map was resolved by a member of another Politech sport club - Ignaty Fokich Ryagin, a friend of the Kolevatov family, who discussed extensively with Alexander the forthcoming trek in mid-January. Ryagin recalled the route of the group from memory and on February 19 Rimma handed over the map to Colonel Georgiy Ortyukov, a tactics instructor from the UPI military department, who led the search for the group in those February days, and subsequently put a lot of effort into clarifying the history of the Dyatlov group.

Boris Efimovich Slobtsov (Борис Ефимович Слобцов)
Boris Slobtsov
Mchail Petrovich Sharavin (Михаил Петрович Шаравин)
Mihail Sharavin
Vadim Dmitrievich Brusnitsyn (Вадим Дмитриевич Брусницын)
Vadim Brusnitsyn
Moses Abramovich Akselrod (Моисей Абрамович Аксельрод)
Moses Akselrod
Evgeny Polikarpovich Maslennikov (Евгений Поликарпович Масленников)
Evgeny Maslennikov
Vladislav Georgievich Karelin (Владислав Георгиевич Карелин)
Vladislav Karelin
Georgiy Vladimirovich Atmanaki (Георгий Владимирович Атманаки)
Georgiy Atmanaki
Egor Semenovich Nevolin (Егор Семенович Неволин)
Egor Nevolin
Sergey Nikolaevich Sogrin (Сергей Николаевич Согрин)
Sergey Sogrin
Petr Ivanovich Bartholomew (Петр Иванович Бартоломей)
Petr Bartholomew
Valentin Gerasimovich Yakimenko (Валентин Герасимович Якименко)
Valentin Yakimenko
Yuri Blinov (Юрий Блинов)
Yuri Blinov
Boris Vladimirovich Martyushev (Борис Владимирович Мартюшев)
Boris Martyushev
Evgeniy Evgenyevich Shuleshko (Евгений Евгеньевич Шулешко)
Evgeny Shuleshko
Kiril Vasilievich Bardin (Кирилл Васильевич Бардин)
Kiril Bardin
Semyon Borisovich Baskin (Семён Борисович Баскин)
Semyon Baskin
Abram Kikoin
Victor Meshteryakov (Виктор Мещеряков)
Victor Meshteryakov
Valeriy Dubovtsev (Валерий Дубовцев)
Valeriy Dubovtsev
Victor Malyutin (Виктор Малютин)
Victor Malyutin
Еvgeny Grigorievich Zinoviev (Евгений Григорьевич Зиновьев)
Еvgeny Zinoviev
Stepan Kurikov (Степан Куриков)
Stepan Kurikov
Ivan Fokeevich Pashin (Иван Фокеевич Пашин)
Ivan Pashin
Alexei Sеmyonovich Cheglakov (Алексей Семёнович Чеглаков)
Alexei Cheglakov
Gennady Konstantinovich Grigoriev (Геннадий Константинович Григорьев)
Gennady Grigoriev
Mihail Nikolaevich Shishkarev (Михаил Николаевич Шишкарев)
Mihail Shishkarev
Timofey Fyodorovich Kutsevalov (Тимофей Фёдорович Куцевалов)
Timofey Kutsevalov
Mihail Yosifovich Gorlachenko (Михаил Йосифович Горлаченко)
Mihail Gorlachenko
Valeriy Mihailovich Ufimtsev (Валерий Михайлович Уфимцев)
Valeriy Ufimtsev
Yuri Nikolaevich Ahmin (Юрий Николаевич Ахмин)
Yuri Ahmin
Alexander Dimitrievich Gubin (Александер Димитриевич Губин)
Alexander Gubin
Ivan Dimitrievich Rempel (Иван Димитриевич Ремпель)
Ivan Rempel
Vladimir Ivanovich Korotaev (Владимир Иванович Коротаев)
Vladimir Korotaev
Lev Nikitich Ivanov (Лев Никитич Иванов)
Lev Ivanov
Fyodor Petrovich Zaostrovsky (Фёдор Петрович Заостровский)
Fyodor Zaostrovsky
Colonel Georgiy Semyonovich Ortyukov (Полковник Георгий Семёнович Ортюков)
Colonel Georgiy Ortyukov
Nikolay Ivanovich Klinov (Николай Иванович Клинов)
Nikolay Klinov
Boris Alekseevich Vozrozhdenny (Борис Алексеевич Возрожденный)
Boris Vozrozhdenny
Vasily Ivanovich Tempalov (Василий Иванович Темпалов)
Vasily Tempalov
Lev Semenovich Gordo (Лев Семенович Гордо)
Lev Gordo

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February 20
UPI sports club called a meeting, and the other expedition groups in the region were informed that there might be a problem with Dyatlov group. Search parties were formed that including the hikers from treks that had recently returned. The groups led by Sergey Sogrin, Yuri Blinov, and Vladislav Karelin all received telegrams telling them to stop and wait for reinforcements.

February 21
More teams from the university were dispatched to help with the search. One team was led by Boris Slobtsov, a student at the UPI, another by Oleg Grebennik, also a UPI student, and the third by Moses Axelrod, an experienced climber. Under the command of Captain Alexey Chernyshov, a fourth fresh group comprising military personnel was dispatched. Some local Mansi people were also asked to help.

Moscow was made aware of the incident, and soon also sent a few experienced hikers. Evgeny Maslennikov, the head of the UPI sports club, was appointed to coordinate the search, together with Colonel Georgiy Ortyukov of the Army, who was in charge of overall logistics and helicopter support. Slobtsov group of 11 assembled first and consisted mainly of UPI students: Boris Slobtsov, Vadim Brusnitsyn, Stas Devyatov, Yuri Koptelov, Vyacheslav Krotov, Vladimir Lebedev, Vladimir Strelnikov, Vyacheslav Halizov, Mikhail Sharavin. The group also included two local residents - forester Ivan Pashin and hunter Alexei Cheglakov of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with experience in the taiga.

February 22
Several prison guards from the Ivdel LAG under the leadership of Captain Alexey Chernyshov and another seven officers of MVD (cops) under command of lieutenant Potapov have joined the search in the Dyatlov group. Another three groups were formed in UPI from student volunteers under the leadership of Oleg Grebennik, Moises Akselrod and Boris Slobtsov. Additionally, four Mansi hunters were hired to help and look for the missing group. Moscow sent several specialists including E.P. Maslennikov, Baskin, Bardin and Shuleshko.
Slobtsov rescue group was transported on an airplane from Sverdlovsk to the military airfield of Ivdel with equipment and weekly supply of products.

February 23
In poor visibility, Slobtsov group was transferred by two helicopters to what turn to be Mount Pumsalnel 1055, a peak east of Otorten. They were trying to get as close to Otorten as they could since this was the final destination of Dyatlov group. They wanted to find out if they have been to Otorten. Within five hours of the aerial search, a ski trail was spotted running along the bank of the Auspiya River and then in the direction of the ridge. The trail appeared to be old. After landing on Pumsalnel 1055 Slobtsov group descended towards Lozva river and secured the equipment in a bivouac. Slobtsov wrote:
"On the top, where we were brought in by helicopter, we saw no tracks. The next day was dedicated to some useless searches along the Lozva River. That very day we came to the banks of the Auspiya, where we knew that Dyatlov was intending to create his storage depot. Sure enough, on the left bank of this river we found some old ski tracks. A radio message was sent by our search team operator, and we received the following message from our fellow rescue group: ‘We’re six or ten kilometers from the Auspiya and we’ve found narrow sports ski tracks, different to the wide tracks of the Mansi skis. It’s a good trail made by a number of people, and is probably 10-15 days old, very easy to follow in the forest, but almost invisible in open places. The track goes to the ridge, where of course it disappears due to wind and snow drifts.’"

February 24
Next day Slobtsov rescue group reached the mountain and came to a conclusion that Dyatlov group never made it this far. The students didn't find any traces, flags or anything else that would indicate recent ascend. They crossed the source of Lozva trying to find tracks left by Dyatlov group. They didn't find any but realized that tracks can be only preserved in the taiga. On the open slopes of the mountain the skis didn't leave any trace. Therefore they decided to look for footprints father down, in the taiga, and cross the forest part of Auspiya valley. There laid another possible route of Dyatlov group. On Feb 24 Slobtsov group moved south, to the valley of Auspiya river.

February 25
Slobtsov group going up and down Auspiya valley found 5 km down the river Dyatlov group camp site. On the left bank of the river were barely noticeable snow-covered ski tracks.

Karelin group finished a trek to Mount Molebny Kamen from 9 to 24 Feb 1959. They started in the area of the upper sources Niols river towards Mount Sampalchakhl 910 where Dyatlov group was supposed to end their trek at the same time. Both groups had discussed meeting near Oykachakhl 1322. When Dyatlov was no show Karelin made a big deal of it and they continued their way. Two weeks later 25 Feb 1959 in a dining room at the train station of Serov city a man, calling himself a representative of Northern geological party, approached the hikers and asked casually "Aren't they searching for you?" They answered warily "What do you mean search? We are not due yet." They called hastily Sverdlovsk and learned from Orlov about the missing Dyatlov group. They were summoned to participate in the search operation. Two of the members, Goryachko and Granin, were in no shape to continue and were sent back to Sverdlovsk. The other six members: Vladislav Karelin, Georgiy Atmanaki, Boris Borisov, Evgeny Serditih, Vladimir Skutin and Vladimir Shavkunov joined the rescuers in Ivdel by train same day at 11 pm. Next day 25 Feb Georgiy Atmanaki and Vladimir Skutin were on board of the plane that flew to survey a point of disembarkation for Akselrod group near peak Otorten.

February 26
Slobtsov group split into three divisions. The first one went south where Dyatlov group could have gone after their descent from Otorten, the second division examined Auspiya river for tracks and in the search for the storage site (labaz) of Dyatlov group. The third division followed the trajectory of the Dyatlov group ski trail up Kholat Syakhl where they found the torn Dyatlov group tent. Continue reading »

23 February
Boris Efimovich Slobtsov Борис Ефимович Слобцов UPI student
Vadim Dmitrievich Brusnitsyn Вадим Дмитриевич Брусницын UPI student
Stas Devyatov Стас Девятов UPI student
Yuri Koptelov Юрий Коптелов UPI student
Vyacheslav Krotov Вячеслав Кротов UPI student
Vladimir Lebedev Владимир Лебедев UPI student
Vladimir Strelnikov Владимир Стрельников UPI student
Vyacheslav Ivanovich Halizov Вячеслав Иванович Хализов UPI student
Mihail Petrovich Sharavin Михаил Петрович Шаравин UPI student, found Doroshenko and Krivonischenko's bodies on Feb 27
Ivan Fokeevich Pashin Иван Фокеевич Пашин Mansi forestert
Alexei Sеmyonovich Cheglakov Алексей Семёнович Чеглаков Mansi hunter
23 February
Egor Semyonovich Nevolin Егор Семёнович Неволин radioman
Stepan Kurikov Степан Куриков Mansi shaman
Kurikov Куриков Mansi
Kurikov Куриков Mansi
Nikolay Anyamov Николай Анямов Mansi
Petr Bakhtiyarov Петр Бахтияров Mansi
24 February
Oleg Ivanovich Grebennik Олег Иванович Гребенник UPI student
Vladimir Shlyapin Владимир Шляпин UPI student
Vladislav Vladimirovich Kirsanov Владислав Владимирович Кирсанов UPI student
Vitaly Kostrulin Виталий Кострулин UPI student
Vladimir Skachkov Владимир Скачков UPI student
Ivan Tatsienko Иван Тациенко UPI student
25 February
Vladislav Georgievich Karelin Владислав Георгиевич Карелин UPI student
Georgiy Vladimirovich Atmanaki Георгий Владимирович Атманаки UPI student, (1934-08.15.1962) Died in Caucasian mountains
Vladimir Skutin Владимир Скутин UPI student
Boris Borisov Борис Борисов UPI student
Evgeny Serditih Евгений Сердитых UPI student
Vladimir Shavkunov Владимир Шавкунов UPI student
26 February
Moses Abramovich Akselrod Моисей Абрамович Аксельрод UPI student, Master of Sports
Tipikin Stanislav Aleksandrovich Типикин Станислав Александрович UPI student
Sergey Nikolaevich Sogrin Сергей Николаевич Согрин UPI student
Yaburov Ябуров UPI student
Chiglintzev Чиглинцев UPI student
26 February
Captain Alexey Chernyshov Kапитан Алексей Чернышов
Captain Vlasov Kапитан Власов experienced pathfinder
Petty Officer Sidorov Старшина Сидоров experienced pathfinder
Staff Sergeant Verhovsky Старший сержант Верховскийв experienced pathfinder
Yablonskiy Яблонский civilian, experienced pathfinder
Moiseev Моисеев guide, hunter and K9 trainer
Mostovoy Мостовой guide and hunter
III shift 25 March
Sergey Nikolaevich Sogrin Сергей Николаевич Согрин UPI student
Victor Malyutin Виктор Малютин UPI student
Rudolf Sedov Рудольф Седов UPI student
Vasiliy Shulyatiev Василий Шулятьев UPI student
Victor Meshteryakov Виктор Мещеряков UPI student
Vsevolod Eroshev Всеволод Ерошев UPI student
Valeriy Dubovtsev Валерий Дубовцев UPI student
Valentin Gerasimovich Yakimenko Валентин Герасимович Якименко UPI student
IV shift 6 April
Boris Vladimirovich Martyushev Борис Владимирович Мартюшев UPI student
Evgeny Grigorievich Zinoviev Евгений Григорьевич Зиновьев UPI student
V. P. Pechenkin В. П. Печенкин UPI student
I. Shestopalov И. Шестопалов UPI student
Anatoliy Trofimovich Plastun Анатолий Трофимович Пластун UPI student
Yuri Koptelov Юрий Коптелов UPI student
V shift 14 April
Yuri Blinov Юрий Блинов UPI student
Sergey Arzamastsev Сергей Арзамасцев UPI student
Vladimir Yunyshev Владимир Юнышев UPI student
Vladimir Kiselev Vladimir Киселев UPI student
Oleg Sobol Олег Соболь UPI student
VI shift 27 April
Vladimir Askinadzi Владимир Аскинадзи UPI student, found Liydmila's body on May 2
Nikolay Kuznetsov Николай Кузнецов UPI student
Boris Suvorov Борис Суворов UPI student
Anatoly (Tolya) Mohov Анатолий (Толя) Мохов UPI student
Delevich Yuri Davydovich Делевич Юрий Давыдович
Colonel Georgiy Semyonovich Ortyukov Полковник Георгий Семёнович Ортюков (1914-1979) Overall logistics and helicopter support
Who is who
Ahmin Yuri Nikolaevich Ахмин Юрий Николаевич (1918- ) Deputy Prosecutor of the Sverdlovsk Region for Special Cases
Akselrod Moses Abramovich Аксельрод Моисей Абрамович UPI student, Master of Sports, leader of a rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off on Otorten
Alma Альма Specially trained rescue dog of the East European Shepherd breed. The military, led by Captain Chernyshev, took with him a specially trained dog. It was Alma who discovered the body of Zina Kolmogorova on February 26, 1959.
Ankudinov Vladimir D. Анкудинов Владимир Д. Forensic expert, who worked at the Central Ural Scientific Research Laboratory for Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of the RSFSR, the very one where the tent of Dyatlov group was examined in 1959.
Anyamov Alexander Prokokolyevich Анямов Александр Прококопьевич Mansi
Anyamov Andrey Alekseevich Анямов Андрей Алексеевич There are two related Mansi hunters with this name, one of them was questioned in the investigation Read more →
Anyamov Nikolay Pavlovich Анямов Николай Павлович Mansi, member of a rescue group 23-Feb-1959
Arhipov Oleg Nikolaevich Архипов Олег Николаевич Author of a monograph on forensic experts in the Dyatlov case
Arzamastsev Sergey Арзамасцев Сергей UPI student, member of Blinov rescue group 14-Apr-1959
Askinadzi Vladimir Mihaylovich Аскинадзи Владимир Михайлович UPI student, Askinadzi group, found Liydmila's body on May 5
Atmanaki Georgiy Vladimirovich Атманаки Георгий Владимирович UPI student, member of Karelin rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl. Died in Caucasian mountains on 15-Aug-1962
Bakhtiyarov Nikita Vladimirovich Бахтияров Никита Владимирович Mansi
Bakhtiyarov Petr Бахтияров Петр Mansi
Bakhtiyarov Prokopiy Erem Savelyevich Бахтияров Прокопий Ерем Савельевич Mansi
Bardin Kiril Vasilievich Бардин Кирилл Васильевич ( -2009) Master of Sports from Moscow
Bartholomew Petr Ivanovich Бартоломей Петр Иванович member of the search party, friends with Igor Dyatlov
Baskin Semyon Borisovich Баскин Семён Борисович (1930-2003) Master of Sports from Moscow
Bienko Vladislav Биенко Владислав UPI student, the Komsomol sent him to a logging camp. In UPI there were rumors circulating that he was not allowed to do the trek due to skipped exams. Zolotaryov took his place in Dyatlov group. Lev Ivanov trusted Bienko to develop some of the films found in the tent.
Blinov Yuri Блинов Юрий UPI student, leader of rescue group 14-Apr-1959. Yuri Blinov is a member of the Bureau of the Tourist Section of the UPI, and the leader of the group of hikers who, along with Igor Dyatlov's group, was traveling on the same train, then on the same bus, from Sverdlovsk through Serov - Ivdel to the village of Vizhay.
Bochurin Бочурин UPI student who together with Bienko helped develop the film(s) Lev Ivanov gave them
Borisov Boris Борисов Борис UPI student, member of Karelin rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl
Borsh Elvira Andreevna Борщ Эльвира Андреевна doctor in Ivdel hospital 1959
Brusnitsyn Vadim Dmitrievich Брусницын Вадим Дмитриевич UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Buyanov Evgeny Vadimovich Буянов Евгений Вадимович Writer-publicist, Master of Sports on mountain tourism, author of "Mystery of the Dyatlov group death" - ambassador of the avalanche theory
Chagin Egor Ivanovich Чагин Егор Иванович Local hunter, lives in Vizhay, character witness for the Mansi.
Cheglakov Alexei Semyonovich Чеглаков Алексей Семёнович Chief of the ОВПК (Militarized Firefighters) of the 8th forest division of Vizhay logging branch in 1959
Chernobrov Чернобров The journalist who talked with Solter on the train and started the whole fuss about the bodies being 11.
Chernousov Черноусов Radioman
Chernyshov Alexey Чернышов Алексей Captain, Chief of Staff internal troops unit 6602 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Ivdel, leader of a rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off 8 km below the source of Vishera river
Chevtaev Чевтаев Secretary of the Regional Trade Union Council Read more →
Chiglintzev Чиглинцев UPI student, member of Akselrod rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off on Otorten
Chudinov Leonid Чиглинцев Леонид Captain, Head of the Polunochnoe Police Station
Churkina Henrietta Eliseevna Чуркина Хенриета Елисеевна Expert criminalist, she performed and documented the examination of Dyatlov group tent
Delevich Yuri Davydovich Делевич Юрий Давыдович Member of Askinadzi rescue group 27-Apr-1959
Devyatov Stas Девятов Стас UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Dryakhlih Mikhail Timofeevich Дряхлых Михаил Тимофеевич Engineer of the Energo Lesokombinat, who communicated with Dyatlov group in the 41st district
Dubovtsev Valeriy Дубовцев Валерий UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Ermash F. T. Ермаш Ф. Т. Head of the Sverdlovsk Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Eroshev Vsevolod Ерошев Всеволод UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Eshtokin Afanasiy Fyodorovich Ештoкин Афанaсий Фёдорович (1913—1974) Second Secretary of Regional Committee, Kirilenko's adviser
Fyodorov Vadim Федоров Вадим
Gamatina Valeriya Nikolaevna Гаматина Валерия Николаевна Wife of pilot Gennady Patrushev Read more →
Ganz Georgiy Vladimirovich Ганц Георгий Владимирович (26.XII.1930 – 6.XI.1978) Forensic expert of the Sverdlovsk Regional Forensic Medical Bureau. He signed the Histological analyses of the last four bodies. He kept post mortem photos thus breaching the declaration of nondisclosure.
Golunski S. A. Голунски С. А. Director of the National Institution of Research in Criminology
Gorbushin Artemy Vladimirovich Горбушин Артемий Владимирович Officer in charge of Ivdel City Police Department
Gladyrev Petr Vasilievich Гладырев Пётр Васильевич (20.VII.1922 - VI.1960) Commander of An-2, board number 55-84. In his crew in this flight - the navigator Georgiy Karpushin, and the co-pilot Gennady Patrushev. Crashed in nearby Ivdel with Mi 4 helicopter due to a faulty lead screw.
Gordo Lev Semyonovich Гордо Лев Семёнович (1918-2009) UPI sports club chairman, he was blamed for the money shortage and poor organization of the expedition Read more →
Gorlachenko Mihail Yosifovich Горлаченко Михаил Йосифович (1905-1976) Major-General of Aviation
Grebennik Oleg Ivanovich Гребенник Олег Иванович UPI student, leader of a rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Grigoriev Gennady Konstantinovich Григорьев Геннадий Константинович Reporter, journalist, present at the search operation Read more →
Gubin Alexander Dimitrievich Губин Александер Димитриевич Secretary of the Ivdel city party committee
Hamova Galina Nikolaevna Хамова Галина Николаевна Igor Dyatlov sister
Hakimov Zakiy Gasimovich Хакимов Закий Гасимович Chief of the 8th forest division of Vizhay logging branch in 1959
Halizov Vyacheslav Ivanovich Хализов Вячеслав Иванович UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Ivanov Lev Nikitich Иванов Лев Никитич Lead investigator
Ivanov Valentin Ivanovich Иванов Валентин Иванович Doctor and head of department of Ivdel hospital 1959
Karelin Vladislav Georgievich Карелин Владислав Георгиевич UPI student, leader of a rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl
Karpushin Georgiy Карпушин Георгий Pilot of Yak-12 and navigator on An-2, board number 55-84, with commander Petr Gladyrev
Kasuhin Касухин Secretary of the UPI party committee
Kikoin Abram Konstantinovich Константинович Кикоин Абрам (23-Feb-1914 – 26-Sep-1999) Physicist, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (1940), Professor (1982)
Kirilenko Andrey Pavlovich Кириленко Андрей Павлович First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Regional Committee of the Communist Party (wikipedia)
Kirsanov Vladislav Vladimirovich Кирсанов Владислав Владимирович UPI student, member of Grebennik rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Kiselev Vladimir Киселев Vladimir UPI student, member of Blinov rescue group 14-Apr-1959
Kizilov Gennady Ivanovich Кизилов Геннадий Иванович Journalist, Kizilov theory is that they died elsewhere and that the tent and their bodies were brought to the location thwy were presumambly found and the scene was staged. Read more →
Klinov Nikolay Ivanovich Клинов Николай Иванович (1907-1991) Prosecutor of Sverdlovsk region, approved the official statement for closing the case given by Junior Counselor of Justice and Criminal Prosecutor of Sverdlovsk region, Lev Ivanov.
Kolevatova Rimma Sergeevna Колеватова Римма Сергеевна (1929-) Alexander Kolevatov's sister whoe gave him the knife he carried at the trek as a present, and was identified and returned to her
Koptelov Yuri Коптелов Юрий UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten, and later member of Martyushev rescue group 6-Apr-1959, he and Sharavin found Doroshenko and Krivonischenko's bodies on 27 Feb
Korolyov Vasiliy Ivanovich Королёв Василий Иванович Chairman of the Route committee at the regional tourists club
Korotaev Vladimir Ivanovich Коротаев Владимир Иванович Initial investigator Read more →
Kostrulin Vitaly Кострулин Виталий UPI student, member of Grebennik rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Krasnobaev Vladimir Краснобаев Владимир Head of the Polunochnoe Police Division of the Ivdel Police Department
Kretov B. F. Кретов Б. Ф. Head of Svredlovsk Forensic Science Laboratory, he kept the tent. After Kretov died in the 80s the tent was taken to the garbage container, apparently water pipe burst back in the late 70s and the tent collected mold.
Krivonischenko Igor Alekseevich Кривонищенко Игорь Алексеевич Yuri Krivonischenko brother
Krotov Vyacheslav Кротов Вячеслав UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Kuntsevich Yuri Konstantinovich Кунцевич Юрий Константинович Head of the Dyatlov Foundation in Yekaterinburg in present times
Kurikov Grigoriy Nikolaevich Куриков Григорий Николаевич Mansi, deputy of the Ivdel City Council, interpreter in the interrogations, Stepan's brother
Kurikov Stepan Nikolaevich Куриков Степан Николаевич Mansi shaman, leader of a rescue group 23-Feb-1959
Kurochkin Vil Fyodorovich Курочкин Виль Федорович (1926-2001) Chairman of the City Union of Voluntary Sports Societies (biographyRead more →
Kutsevalov Timofey Fyodorovich Куцевалов Тимофей Фёдорович (1904-1975) Commander of the Air Force of the Ural Military District, deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the DOSAAF
Kuzminov Nikolay Кузьминов Николай Member of the search party who reported in May light celestial bodies in the night sky
Kuzminyh Кузьминых Assistant Public Prosecutor of Ivdel, lawyer I class
Kuznetsov A. I. Кузнецов А. И. Forester
Kuznetsov Nikolay Кузнецов Николай UPI student, member of Askinadzi rescue group 27-Apr-1959
Laptev Ivan Ivanovich Лаптев Иван Иванович Forensic expert of Severouralsk
Lebedev Vladimir Лебедев Владимир UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Levashov Vladimir I. Левашов Владимир И. Main radiologist of Sverdlovsk who conducted the radioactive examination of the hikers clothing.
Lukin S.P. Лукин С.П. Deputy Chief of the Investigative Department Adviser of Justice Read more →
Malyutin Victor Малютин Виктор UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Martyushev Boris Vladimirovich Мартюшев Борис Владимирович UPI student, leader of a rescue group 6-Apr-1959. (1938–1969) Pioneer of the Urals Alps. Died in Dalar, West Caucasus during route 4A difficulty. Buried in Kamensk-Urals.
Maslennikov Evgeny Polikarpovich Масленников Евгений Поликарпович (1924-1983) Master of Sports, Head of the UPI sports club
Mayorova Valentina Spiridonovna Майорова Валентина Спиридоновна Lives in Ivdel ate the time of the tragedy, character witness for the Mansi.
Meshteryakov Victor Мещеряков Виктор UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Mihailov T. I. Михайлов Т. И. Expert criminalist, together with Churkina took part in the examination of Dyatlov group tent
Misharin Sergey Мишарин Сергей Captain KGB, shot himself in the mouth soon after Patrushev died in an misterious aircrash. They were friends and both investigated their own theory of Dyatlov group death, presumably about fire balls. Read more →
Mohov Anatoliy (Tolya) Мохов Анатолий (Толя) UPI student, member of Askinadzi rescue group 27-Apr-1959
Moiseev Моисеев Guide, member of Captain Alexey Chernyshov group, the K9 trainer of Alma, the rescue dog that found Zina Kolmogorova on 26-Feb-1959
Mostovoy Мостовой Guide, member of Captain Alexey Chernyshov group
Naskichev K. V. Наскичев К. В. Witheness in the autopsy reports of Doroshenko, Krivonischenko, Kolmogorova and Slobodin
Nevolin Egor Semyonovich Неволин Егор Семёнович Radioman, member of a rescue group 23-Feb-1959
Nikitin Victor Никитин Виктор Student in UPI who died from pneumonia and was buried in Mikhailovskoe cemetery together with Doroshenko and Kolmogorova. No relation to the incident.
Okishev Evgeniy Fyodorovich Окишев Евгений Федорович Deputy Head of the Investigations Division of the Prosecutor's Office of the Sverdlovsk Region, Lev Ivanov's supervisor
Ortyukov Georgiy Semyonovich Ортюков Георгий Семёнович Colonel, overall logistics and helicopter support (1914-1979)
Parshakov Vladimir Ivanovich Паршаков Владимир Иванович Secretary of the Komsomol CC
Pashin Ivan Fokeevich Пашин Иван Фокеевич Mansi forester, rescuer from the very beginning of the search. In the case files his name is In case files Ivan Vasilievich Pashin.
Patrushev Gennady Vasilievich Патрушев Геннадий Васильевич (2.VIII.1933 - 25.V.1961) Yak-12 pilot, and a co-pilot on An-2, board number 55-84, with commander Gladyrev. Crasshed 30 miles (48km) from Dyatlov Pass. Read more →
Pavlov V. Павлов В. Deputy Chairman of the Sverdlovsk Regional Executive Committee
Pechenkin V. P. Печенкин В. П. UPI student, member of Martyushev rescue group 6-Apr-1959
Pershin Першин Prosecutor of Novo-Lyalinsky District, Junior Adviser of Justice Read more →
Petuhov Mikhail Петухов Михаил The technician who allegedly tampered with the Yak Gennady G.V. was flying and crashed on 22 May 1961. Read more →
Plastun Anatoliy Trofimovich Пластун Анатолий Трофимович UPI student, member of Martyushev rescue group 6-Apr-1959
Popov Vasiliy Andreevich Попов Василий Андреевич Head of the communications section of the Vizhay Forest Department. The date on his testimony (6-Feb-1959) in the case files rises controversy.
Popov Alexander Ivanovich Попов Александр Иванович Radiologist in Ivdel
Potapov Потапов Lieutenant
Potyazhenko Victor Vasilievich Потяженко Виктор Васильевич Commander aircraft
Prodanov Ivan Stepanovich Проданов Иван Степанович First Secretary of the Ivdel City Committee of the CPSU from 11.09.1952 to 08.01.1963
Pronozova Alexandra Ivanovna Пронозова Александра Ивановна Head nurse in Ivdel hospital 1959, war veteran
Proshkin Leonid Прошкин Леонид Modern times criminal prosecutor who who revised the post mortem analyses of the last four bodies
Prudkov Yosif Davydovich Прудков Иосиф Давыдович Surgeon Ivdel hospital 1959
Prudkova Valentina Ivanovna Прудковa Валентинa Ивановнa Head nurse of the surgical department Ivdel hospital 1959 and wife of surgeon Yosif Davydovich
Pustobaev Vladimir Пустобаев Владимир Commander aircraft Mi-4, crashed in his helicopter in 1970
Rahimov Рахимов Head of the meteorological station in Ivdel 1959 Read more →
Rempel Ivan Dimitrievich Ремпель Иван Димитриевич Forester of the Vizhay region
Rikshin Vladimir Рыкшин Владимир Modern times president of the "Extreme" Association, who together with professional hunter Nikolai Lednev have a theory about the strange panic inducing metal objects in the area that make you run and leave you with the feeling that something or somebody is watching your back as you leave.
Romanov Романов Prosecutor of the Investigative Department of the Prosecutor's Office of the Sverdlovsk Region
Ryagin Ignaty Fokich Рягин Игнатий Фокич Friend of the Kolevatov family, who recalled the route of Dyatlov group from memory and used by Colonel Georgiy Ortyukov in the search
Ryazhnev Georgiy Ivanovich Ряжнев Георгий Иванович Chief of the 1st forestry department of Energo Lesokombinat in 41st district in 1959
Sedov Rudolf Седов Рудольф UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Savina Valentina Валентина Савина Nurse who worked at the Ivdel prison hospital at the time when Yuri Yudin was brought to recognize his friends
Savenkov Савенков Head of Ivdel hospital 1959
Serditih Evgeny N. Сердитых Евгений Н. UPI student, member of Karelin rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl
Sharavin Mihail Petrovich Шаравин Михаил Петрович UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten, he and Koptelov found Doroshenko and Krivonischenko's bodies on 27 Feb
Sharonin A. I. Шаронин А. И. Doctor in Ivdel hospital
Shavkunov Vladimir Шавкунов Владимир UPI student, member of Karelin rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl
Sheshkin Konstantin Efimovich Шешкин Константин Ефимович Mansi hunter, questioned in the investigation Read more →
Shestopalov I. Шестопалов И. Sapper lieutenant colonel, member of Martyushev rescue group 6-Apr-1959
Shishkarev Mihail Nikolaevich Шишкарев Михаил Николаевич Major-General
Shlyapin Vladimir Шляпин Владимир UPI student, member of Grebennik rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Shtrauh Oleg Viktorovich Штраух Олег Викторович Correspondent of a newspaper, his wife worked at the Ivdel hospital
Shuleshko Evgeny Evgenyevich Шулешко Евгений Евгеньевич ( - 24.VIII.2010) Master of Sports from Moscow
Shulyatiev Vasiliy Шулятьев Василий UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Sidorov Сидоров Petty Officer, experienced pathfinder, member of Captain Chernyshov rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off 8 km below the source of Vishera river
Siunov Сиунов Director of the Ural Polytechnic Institute Read more →
Skachkov Vladimir Владимир Скачков UPI student, member of Grebennik rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Skoryh Georgiy Ivanovich Скорых Георгий Иванович Living in village of Karaul Novo-Lyalinskiy district, questioned by Pershin about sighting of light balls in the sky Read more →
Skutin Vladimir Скутин Владимир UPI student, member of Karelin rescue group 25-Feb-1959 dropped off on Kholat Syakhl
Slobodin Слободин Chairman of the Trade Union of the CPC Read more →
Slobtsov Boris Efimovich Слобцов Борис Ефимович UPI student, leader of a rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Sobol Oleg Соболь Олег UPI student, member of Blinov rescue group 14-Apr-1959
Sogrin Sergey Nikolaevich Согрин Сергей Николаевич UPI student, leader of a rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Solomonovich Felix Yakovlevich Соломонович Феликс Яковлевич Historian-ethnographer, expert of the Ivdellag
Solter Pelageya Ivanovna Солтер Пелагея Ивановна Nurse in Ivdel hospital 1959 Read more →
Solter Victor Konstantinovich Солтер Виктор Константинович Husband of Pelageya Ivanovna, now deceased
Spitsyn Ivan Emilyanovich Спицын Иван Емельянович Commander of the aircraft
Strelnikov Vladimir Стрельников Владимир UPI student, member of Slobtsov rescue group 23-Feb-1959 dropped off on Pumsalnel near Otorten
Sulman Сульман Head of the Northern Geological Expedition
Suvorov Boris Суворов Борис UPI student, member of Askinadzi rescue group 27-Apr-1959
Taranova Anna Petrovna Таранова Анна Петровна Obstetrician in Ivdel hospital 1959
Tatsienko Ivan Тациенко Иван UPI student, member of Grebennik rescue group 24-Feb-1959 dropped off on Oykachakhl
Tempalov Vasiliy Ivanovich Темпалов Василий Иванович The Prosecutor in the criminal case
Tipikin Stanislav Aleksandrovich Типикин Станислав Александрович UPI student, member of Akselrod rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off on Otorten
Tsaskin Evgeniy Ivanovich Цаскин Евгений Иванович Obstetrician in Ivdel hospital 1959
Tseskin Konstantin Цескин Константин Mansi hunter, he was hunting at the time of the tragedy with both Andrey Anyamovs and Nikolay Anyamov near Auspya river
Tumanov Eduard Viktorovich Туманов Эдуард Викторович Modern times forensic pathologist in Russia who revised the post mortem analyses of the last four bodies
Ufimtsev Valeriy Mihailovich Уфимцев Валерий Михайлович Member of the Route Commission and Inspector of the City Union of Voluntary Sports Societies Read more →
Ugarov E.S. Угаров Е.С. First Secretary of the CPSU CC in 1959
Ugarov Vitaly Evgenievich Угаров Виталий Евгеньевич In the 90s he created special commission to check the area for military polygons
Urakov Leonid Ivanovich Ураков Леонид Иванович (20.VIII.1906 - 22.XI.1964) Deputy Prosecutor General of the RSFSR at the time of the tragedy
Valikyavichus Stanislav Aleksandrovich Валюкявичус Станислав Александрович Forester, uncle Slava, he transported Dyatlov group to 2nd Northern on a horse sled on 27-Jan-1959 and took back Yuri Yudin on 28-Jan-1959
Varsegova Natalya, Varsegov Nikolai Варсегова Наталья, Варсегов Николай Modern times journalists for "Komsomolskaya pravda" newspaper with controversial interviews concerning Dyatlov Pass incident
Venediktov Evgeny (The Beard) Венедиктов Евгений (Борода) Logger at 41st district where Dyatlov group arrived on 26-Jan-1959. He was noted for his intelligence and ginger hair and beard hence the nickname.
Verhovsky Верховский Staff Sergeant, experienced pathfinder, member of Captain Chernyshov rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off 8 km below the source of Vishera river
Vishnevsky Вишневский Head of the department of physical training in UPI
Vlasov Власов Captain, experienced pathfinder, member of Captain Chernyshov rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off 8 km below the source of Vishera river
Vozrozhdenny Boris Alexandrovich Возрожденный Борис Александрович Regional bureau forensic pathologist with 5 years experience at the time (1922-)
Vsevolоzhskaya Lyudmila Borisovna Всеволожская Людмила Борисовна Coach for a sports school in Serov who in 2009 told journalist Shtrauh that her group of students were supposed to go on a trip to Otorten after the UPI students, their papers were delayed and the trip canceled before the Dyatlov group was declared missing. Read more →
Yablonskiy Яблонский Civilian, experienced pathfinder, member of Captain Chernyshov rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off 8 km below the source of Vishera river
Yaburov Ябуров UPI student, member of Akselrod rescue group 26-Feb-1959 dropped off on Otorten
Yakimenko Valentin Gerasimovich Якименко Валентин Герасимович UPI student, member of Sogrin rescue group 25-Mar-1959
Yarovoy Yuri Evgenievich (Kosobryuhov) Яровой Юрий Евгеньевич (Кособрюхов) (1932-1980) Мember of the search 1959, correspondent of the newspaper "Na smenu!" at the time of the tragedy, author of the book "The highest category of difficulty"
Yudin Yuri Yefimovich Юдин Юрий Ефимович (19.VII.1937 — 27.IV.2013) UPI student 4th year, the 10th member of Dyatlov group who on 28 of January (4 days before the tragedy) left the expedition due to poor health (sciatica)
Yunyshev Vladimir Юнышев Владимир UPI student, member of Blinov rescue group 14-Apr-1959
Zaostrovsky Fyodor Petrovich Заостровский Фёдор Петрович (1920-1997) Secretary of the UPI party committee
Zinoviev Evgeny Grigorievich Зиновьев Евгений Григорьевич UPI student, member of Martyushev rescue group 6-Apr-1959, member of Blinov’s hiking and later rescue group whom Lyuda mentioned in her diary, author of "Tracks in the Snow"
Zaprudina Tamara Aleekseevna Запрудинa Тамарa Алексеевнa Zinaida Kolmogorova's sister


* Vladimir Korotaev was working with the Mansi and hurricane theories. Thirty-seven years after the incident, he mentioned in a speech that the Mansi were under the heavy suspicion, but they pointed to the wind as a possible cause of the deaths of the Dyatlov group, saying that the wind can be so strong it carries people away. At that point the bodies had yet to be examined, and Korotaev gives the following reason for releasing the Mansi:

"When the tent was brought to my office for investigation, a woman entered the room and, when she saw the tent, she said she had worked for 30 years as a seamstress in Ivdellag (prison); and she took one look at the fabric of the tent and told me the tent was cut from the inside, not the outside. For me, this was significant, and I ordered the tent to be sent for a forensic examination."

The examination proved that the tent was cut from inside; this was the formal reason for clearing the Mansi of suspicion. There were other reasons for doing so:

  1. The Mansi were friendly to Russians.
  2. Had the Mansi done it, they might have been expected to have taken
  3. alcohol from the tent because of their love of drinking.
  4. The area was not sacred for them so they had no motivation to kill there.

Soon after releasing the Mansi, Korotaev refused to continue investigation according to instructions, and he was removed from the position of lead investigator which he occupied for 20 days. One of the party cherubs, reporting on the progress of the investigation directly to Khrushchev, was the first secretary of the Sverdlovsk Regional Party Committee, Andrei Pavlovich Kirilenko. In the future - a member of the Politburo and secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, head of the Military Industrial Commission, in the 50 years Kirilenko led the Dnipropetrovsk and Sverdlovsk regions of the USSR - the main forge of the Cold War. After the discovery of the last 4 bodies in the ravine in the first days of May, Kirilenko summoned Korotaev to the investigator's office and unequivocally explained:
"Khrushchev is notified that the students froze to death and the case must be closed."

At the time Korotaev was helping Tempalov, the prosecutor in the criminal case. After this visit, Korotaev was unexpectedly fired from the investigation all together. On May 28, 1959, investigator Lev Ivanov closed the case, was promoted to the prosecutor of the Kostanay region, and the annals of Soviet jurisprudence were supplemented with a sophisticated formulation:
"The reason for the death of students was a force majeure, which they were unable to overcome."

Everyone who took part in the search signed a non-disclosure of information for 25 years. Kholat Syakhl and Otorten were closed for turists.



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