The Mystery Behind the Horror Which Happened on Dyatlov Pass

Posted on 05/09/2019
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The weirdest thing happened on mount Ural, or maybe it is not such a mystery as the Russian government is trying to cover it up, or they just didn't investigate it as much as they should.

Long story short: Nine people climbed the mountain and never came down. Six died of hypothermia, and three were brutally injured. 

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In 1959  a group was formed for a skiing expedition across the northern Urals in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Soviet Union. Igor Dyatlov, a twenty-three-year-old radio engineering student at the Ural Polytechnical Institute (Уральский политехнический институт, УПИ; now Ural Federal University) was the leader who assembled a group of nine others for the trip, most of whom were fellow students and peers at the university. 
Igor Alekseyevich Dyatlov - age 23 - died of hypothermia
Yuri Nikolayevich Doroshenko - age 21 - died of hypothermia
Lyudmila Alexandrovna Dubinina - age 20 - died of severe chest trauma, eyes missing, tongue missing 
Yuri (Georgiy) Alexeyevich Krivonischenko - age 23 - died of hypothermia
Alexander Sergeyevich Kolevatov - age 24 - died of hypothermia
Zinaida Alekseevna Kolmogorova - age 22 - died of hypothermia
Rustem Vladimirovich Slobodin - age 23 - died of hypothermia
Nikolai Vladimirovich Thibeaux-Brignolles - age 23 - died of fatal skull injury
Semyon (Alexander) Alekseevich Zolotaryov - age 38 - died of severe chest trauma, eyes missing
There was another member of the group, Yuri Yefimovich Yudin, who left the expedition on 28 January due to illness.
The group spent the last night in inhabited place (the last inhabited settlement to the north) of a small village of Vizhai on 25th January 1959. The group bought and ate loaves of bread to get their energy levels for the hike. 
On 27 January the journey took off toward Otorten, on 28 January the only member of the group who survived, left the expedition due to several health ailments. Yuri Yudin had rheumatism and a congenital heart defect, but the knee and joint pain were the ones that enabled him to continue the track. 
All of their quests were saved on cameras and diaries, and the last of the entry made it possible to track the group's route up to the place of the incident. On 31 January, the group arrived at the edge of a highland area and began to prepare for climbing. In a wooded valley, they cached surplus food and equipment that would be used for the trip back. The next day the hikers moved to the pass. It looked like the hikers planned to make camp for the next night on the opposite side. Unfortunately, the weather conditions went bad and they lost their directions, The group went west towards the top of Kholat Syakhl. Soon they realized they made a mistake and decided to stop and set up camp, rather than moving 1.5 kilometers downhill to a forest area that could offer some shelter. 

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Dyatlov should have sent a telegram to their sports club as soon as the group returned to Vizhai, it was expected to happen no later than 12 February, but as Yudin returned from the expedition and transmitted that the group would be a little late with their report, no one was scared. There was no reaction when the group didn't say a word after the 12th passed.  On 20 February the relatives of the travelers demanded a rescue operation and the head of the institute sent the first rescue groups, consisting of volunteer students and teachers. Later, the army and militia forces became involved, with planes and helicopters being ordered to join the rescue operation.
A damaged tent was found on Kholat Sykhl on 26 February. 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." As the investigators said, the tent had been cut open from inside. The only footprints found around the tent were of eight or nine people with a single shoe, only socks, or even barefoot, and all of them lead to the edge of a nearby wood. All of the tracks were lost after 500 meters and covered with snow. 
 At the forest's edge, under a large Siberian pine (in popular parlance it is called "cedar"), the searchers found the visible remains of a small fire. There were the first two bodies, those of Krivonischenko and Doroshenko, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. The branches on the tree were broken up to five meters high, suggesting that one of the skiers had climbed up to look for something, perhaps the camp. Between the pine and the camp, the searchers found three more corpses: Dyatlov, Kolmogorova, and Slobodin, who seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent. They were found separately at distances of 300, 480 and 630 meters from the tree.
The other four travelers were found two mounts later. Their bodies were finally found on 4 May under the snow. Three of them were better dressed than others. Dubinina was wearing Krivonishenko's burned, torn trousers and her left foot and shin were wrapped in a torn jacket.

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The inquest started immediately after the first bodies were found. The medical examinations said that hypothermia was the cause of death. The examination of the bodies which were found in May said differently. Three of the hikers had fatal injuries: major skull damage, Dubinina, and Zolotaryov had major chest fractures. Dr. Boris Vorzohdenny said that the force required to cause such damage had to be very high. Interesting bodies had no external wounds even though there were bone fractures. However, major external injuries were found on Dubinina, who was missing her tongue, eyes, part of the lips, as well as facial tissue and a fragment of skullbone she also had extensive skin maceration on the hands. It was claimed that Dubinina was found lying face down in a small stream that ran under the snow and that her external injuries were in line with putrefaction in a wet environment, and were unlikely to be associated with her death.
The first suspect after this kind of an autopsy were the native people of the Masi tribe that lives in that part of the world, but very soon they were let go as suspects. Dr. Vozrozhdenny stated that the fatal injuries of the three bodies could not have been caused by another human being, "because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged".
Traces show that there were no other people nearby on Kholat Syakhl apart from nine hikers. The tent had been ripped open from within. They left the campsite of their own, on foot. 
Released documents contained no information about the condition of the skiers' internal organs.
There were no survivors of the incident.
At the time the verdict was that the group members had all died because of a compelling natural force. The inquest officially ceased in May 1959 as a result of the absence of a guilty party. The files were sent to a secret archive.
On 12 April 2018, the remains of Semyon Zolotarev were exhumed upon the initiative of journalists of the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. Contradictory results were obtained: one of the experts stated that the character of the injuries resembled a person knocked down by a car, and the DNA analysis did not reveal any similarity to the DNA of living relatives. In addition, it turned out that the name of Semyon Zolotarev is not on the list of buried at the Ivanovskoye cemetery. Nevertheless, the reconstruction of the face from the exhumed skull agrees with the post-war photographs of Semyon, although journalists express suspicions that another person was hiding under the name of Semyon Zolotarev after the war.
The region was closed to expeditions and hikers for three years after the incident but is currently accessible.

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In February 2019, CNN announced that the Russian authorities were reopening the investigation, although only three possible explanations were being considered: an avalanche, a "snow slab" avalanche, or a hurricane. The possibility of a crime has been completely discounted.
There are a lot of theories that are related to this story, from avalanche to a military weapon. 
The first theory which was in the newspapers was about avalanche were the snow was supposed to rush the hikers to run from their tent and cut their way out, but this theory is not sustainable since people in panic don't tend to run two by two, but they seem to run in heard in all  directions, and the traces in snow show another story. 
Donnie Eichar's book 2013 Dead Mountain has another theory about the wind around Kholatsyakal Mountain which created a vortex street, which produced a panic attack. He says that the injuries suffered by three of the victims were the result of their stumbling over the edge of a ravine in the darkness and leading on the rocks at the bottom. Surely this theory was quickly found to be wrong on so many levels. 
The most popular theory is that the hikers were victims of military tests. The poor people were scared by my exercise and run form their tent. After some members froze to death, others got injured by subsequent parachute mine conclusions. There are indeed records of parachute mines being tested by the Soviet military in the area around the time the hikers were there. Parachute mines detonate while still in the air rather than upon striking the Earth's surface and produce signature injuries similar to those experienced by the hikers: Heavy internal damage with comparably less external trauma. The theory coincides with reported sightings of glowing, orange orbs floating or falling in the sky within the general vicinity of the hikers,[citation needed] potentially military aircraft or descending parachute mines. This theory (among others) uses scavenging animals to explain Dubinina's injuries. Some speculate the bodies were unnaturally manipulated due to characteristic livor mortis markings discovered during an autopsy, as well as burns to hair and skin. Photographs of the tent allegedly show that it was apparently erected incorrectly, something the experienced hikers were unlikely to have done.
A similar theory alleges the testing of radiological weapons and is partly based on the discovery of radioactivity on some of the clothing as well as the bodies being described by relatives as having orange skin and grey hair. However, radioactive dispersal would have affected all of the hikers and equipment instead of just some of it, and the skin and hair discoloration can be explained by a natural process of mummification after three months of exposure to the cold and winds. Furthermore, the initial suppression of files regarding the group's disappearance by Soviet authorities is sometimes mentioned as evidence of a cover-up, but the concealment of information regarding domestic incidents was standard procedure in the USSR and therefore far from peculiar. And by the late 1980s, all Dyatlov files had been released in some manner.
Author: Stela Jurisa; Copyrighted ©

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