..................vHow I would love to read about any investigations that took place in either village. The ex-Zeks were free but not autonomous in 1959. ................
...............that feeds them, keeps them warm and happy. Not to mention the luxuries in life being difficult to acquire in that place and time.
There was a new command in Vizhay, as evidenced by the group being taken to the inadequate hotel. Zina says they were "taken" to the inferior hotel unlike two years earlier when they stayed the night in the club house. Something was different, something was amiss. The Dyatlov hikers were intentionally sequestered on this present tour.
I have always wanted to know what Yuri Yudin saw on his way back to Sverdlovsk by himself, he was probably in a lot of pain but did he see something significant that he thought was just ordinary?
............... It is also possible that the ex-Zeks came from Vizhay and hid at Settlement 41. To do this they would have to be hidden by people in Settlement 41. It would be much harder to hide at the dilapidated buildings at North 2, especially since Yuri Yudin and other Dyatlov hikers were searching for rocks and minerals for several hours to take back home.
Did they become targets after hearing revolutionary songs and conversation?
Were the occupants of Vizhay offended by the Dyatlov hikers pro-communist talk? Lyudmila was the most fervent in speech and ideology, did this cause her much worse injuries? The prison cloth found on Lyudmila?
As far as we know nothing was taken from the Dyatlov hikers...does this mean the attack was of a more personal nature and not a robbery?
The Dyatlov hikers, genuinely, seemed to have a much better time while resting at Settlement 41,
However, all things considered, if ex-Zeks came from Vizhay and wanted revenge on the Dyatlov hikers, what would the occupants of Settlement 41 loose (also in the future) if they didn't abide or aid the Vizhay ex-Zeks?
Photograph 17: doesn't have the outline to be Mansi or Khanty while out hunting. Maybe the clothing outline while they are outside their dwellings but not far away hunting. I don't see skins or clothing adornment on the man in photograph 17.
More like an ex-Zek acting as a lookout with a peek-a-boo movement and stance.
If the Dyatlov hikers were being followed and they didn't make Dyatlov Pass the first try then the stalker/followers, probably, were not expecting to see them again coming back down the southern side of Dyatlov Pass. The stalkers would have to hide, much the same way as the photograph indicated.
I agree with Jean Daniel Reuss. There was no time to play or joke around on their last morning/day hike up towards Dyatlov Pass.
The form, stance and gesturing of the figure in photograph 17 is not play, it is significant in impending collision.
According to my hypothesis N°2 (cf: Tumanov, "hikers took part in a fight") which gives an answer of all (let's say almost all because there is a lot of data to read) the informations that have been compiled by Teddy on the Dyatlovpass.com website, it is some ex-zeks who attacked the hikers in the night of February 1st to 2nd 1959.
In 1959, as a consequence of the decisions of Beria and Khrushchev since 1953, there were still ex-zeks (of unknown nationalities) in the vicinity of Vizhay.
The majority of these ex-zeks were peaceful. A few people kindly mocked the hikers by providing them with wet wood to make their fire in Vizhay ("...but the fire is hard to get started, the wood is wet and the whole ordeal takes us a lot of time."). it is clear that it is not very harmful).
But it is difficult to imagine the mentality of a human being who has been mistreated and humiliated for years in a Gulag camp.
and whose entire family was tortured and killed by the NKVD on the orders of Joseph Stalin...
Eduard Tumanov : "...Most likely, the group came into conflict with someone in the area of the pass..."
The so-called yeti is a clumsy attacker (clumsy because he alarmed the hikers) and photo # 17 (Thibo) is an important photographic clue that is often neglected by commentators.
The DPI turned out to be a ridiculous failure on the part of the KGB, which was fooled into failing to protect the hikers, which was one of its missions.
I plan to present my arguments and to continue this discussion on the appropriate topic, that is cleary on the following topic:
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° An additional note suggesting that the attackers may have been near the Dyatlov Pass.
The route planned for the hikers was known to all who wanted to know it.
The itinerary had been approved by the "route commission at the Sverdlovsk city committee on physical culture and sport",
including Korolev, Novikova, Maslennikov, Bogomolov.
The itinerary (approved to be a category III ski trip) was: city of Vizhay - 2nd Northern - Mt. Otorten ...
(Note the absence of a stop at settlement 41 !
Dubinina: "In general, we had to go to 2nd North, but it was getting dark and we decided to stop at the 41st. At 4.30 we were met..."
The hikers had spoken freely at Vizhay and at Settlement 41. The hikers also had asked the opinion of the ranger Rempel Ivan Dmitrievich
But to catch the hikers it was obviously also necessary to find the trace in the snow that had been left by the 9 skiers.
The ex-zeks (like some of the loggers of settlement 41) worked and moved around in the forest (also called taiga at this latitude, if I am not mistaken...).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silviculturehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_managementhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forestry
Nobody lived permanently in North 2, but the place was known and one could certainly bivouac in some others ruined houses. Yuri Yudin:
" We spent the night in the hut of the 2nd Northern settlement. There so much - many houses, warehouses, premises, forgotten old vehicles, machine tools.
Everything was abandoned since 1952................." SteveCalley February 25, 2018, 10:15:18 PM
(=North 2, I don't understand everything, 2000 houses seems to be a mistake, it's rather 20) https://forum.dyatlovpass.com/index.php?topic=109.0
"....24 km past 41st Quarter, past Vizhay. I'm not sure what to make of this deserted place, but certainly I mistrust the official explanation. This geological townsite far out of Ivdel had 2000 houses? What a city! If there were five to a house, that's ten thousand residents! Ivdel's the same size. And all geologists? Something's amiss.
A Siberian town suddenly abandoned a few years ago, falling down, perhaps after six years. What happened around 1953?
Stalin died, Beria soon after. Joy to Rodina to lose those devils! The gulags were cleared of many prisoners. Was this Ivdel North, perhaps? What do you think? ...."
On the day of January 31, 1959, the pursuers may not have started from North 2, but from a shelter even closer to the tent.
Here's an example from Google Earth in 2020. There were probably similar shanties in 1959.
This is not a house to live in for a long time, it is only a shelter, a refuge that allows you to sleep quietly several nights.
Users who hunt animals or work in the forest can leave here food and blankets
The current position (2020) is : 61° 35' 54.6 (N) & 59° 41' 29.3 (E)
It is located as the bird flies, 22 km from the Dyatlov Pass and 17 km from North 2.