Hi Mr. Reuss, I've read .............. And aren't we all searching for one coherent scenario that explains what happened the night of Feb. 1 and afterwards............ raises many questions.
Alas, without believable, documented evidence we can only speculate...............
You may be interested to know that I contacted the CIA for information about Zolotaryov. I was told the CIA may or may not have such information, and whether it does or doesn't is classified.
• Your theory explains much, but raises many questions.
The X-drug theory that I have imagined to explain the most imcompressible episode of DPI
, i.e. the suicidal exit from the tent, is certainly false.
Indeed for testing and experimentation, those in charge of military psychostimulants obviously were using (and are using) the very powerful organization that was the Soviet Army (now that is the Russian Army).
They did not lack a hierarchy of officers specialized and competent in various technical fields and also many patrols of soldiers on surveillance hikes in the Arctic regions which are politically and symbolically highly important.
Thus, in 1959, it is very improbable
that Soviet army laboratories improvised a test incorporating civilians
(non-military Soviet citizens) through an unspecialized KGB indicator, as Zolotaryov was perhaps.
On all the other hand, I can easily answer the questions that you raise...
1) • ....Why waste precious resources in 1959 on drugs that already work so well?
...work so well? not exactly !
As soon as 1942, the dreadful and long-lasting conditions on the Eastern Front had highlighted the damaging effects of pervitin on many Wehrmacht soldiers.Vertigo, dizziness, perspiration, depression and hallucinations. Vertigo, dizziness, perspiration, depression and hallucinations. Some soldiers died of heart failure, others killed themselves during psychotic episodes.
Due to increased Allied pressure on the German war effort, Nazi Germany had grown desperate for new soldiers to continue the war effort, and one way to mitigate the massive losses was to increase the combative power of the remaining soldiers in the Wehrmachthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-IX
Vice Admiral Hellmuth Heye in March 1944 requested a drug that could also provide the users with superhuman strength and a boosted sense of self-esteem.
Since 1945, specialised pharmacochemists in all countries have gradually resigned themselves to abandoning their hopes of finding a magic drug that would have no drawbacks.
Nowadays, in 2020, it is mainly modafinil
that is used in the armed forces to increase concentration and resistance to sleep deprivation because it presents very little risk of transient craziness
2) • By 1959, large-scale wars would be fought with nuclear bombs. Tens of thousands of soldiers on psychostimulants would not be necessary.
The multiple roles of nuclear bombs are very extensive subjects which are still studied at considerable length by the military strategists of all the great powers.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_warfare
I am not competent in these matters but it seems to me that, on the contrary, nuclear bombs are militarily useless and that the determination and competence of a few elite warriors is essential.
In fact, there is the risk of mutually assured destruction and nuclear weapons have (fortunately!) proved to be unusable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fallouthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deterrence_theoryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balance_of_terror
Deterrence is the concept of preventing an act by persuading the person contemplating it that the costs that would inevitably result from it would exceed the expected benefits.
Some political scientists even say that the USSR spent so much money on strengthening its nuclear power that the USSR collapsed in 1990.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_arms_race
This is the contradiction of nuclear armament, which is extremely expensive but has not been used in a theatre of operations since 9 August 1945.
In addition, H-bombs that are too powerful to be of military interest require considerable maintenance costs because tritium must be renewed regularly, the radioactive half-life of tritium being 12 years.
As a result, a large part of the Soviet H-bombs has been dismantled and the lithium 6 deuteride that constituted them is now stored in a special building in Novossibirsk.
On the contrary, most strategists believe that the nature of warfare has changed since 1945 and the emphasis is more on the determination of infantrymen and psychological warfare. They realized that nuclear weapons were never going to be used.http://armedforcesjournal.com/the-indirect-approach/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction
At the end of 1944, instead of blowing German cities with thousands of bombers vulnerable to anti-aircraft defence, the British had already come up with the idea of sending a single sniper who could assassinate Adolf Hitler as he walked alone around the berhof (but it was too late, Hitler was then leaving for his bunker in Berlin).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Foxley
Notice also the failures of the powerful armies (USSR and USA) in Afghanistan against Taliban warriors who could be said symbolically that they " did not even have good shoes".
A main point in asymmetric warfare is the nature of paramilitary organizations such as Al-Qaeda which are involved in guerrilla military actions but which are not traditional organizations with a central authority defining their military and political strategies. Organizations such as Al-Qaeda may exist as a sparse network of groups lacking central coordination, making them more difficult to confront following standard strategic approaches. This new field of strategic thinking is tackled by what is now defined as netwar.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan
In spite of all the changes in strategic ideas in History we can retain a principle that has endured since Sun Tzu: The destruction of the enemy's armies is not the essence of war; the essence of war is to convince the enemy to accept your position. Therefore, fighting its military forces is at best a means to an end, at worst a total waste of time and energy. » https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Tzuhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warden%27s_Five_Ringshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Warden_IIIhttps://www.ukessays.com/essays/anthropology/wardens-five-rings-theory.phphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_laboratory_of_the_Soviet_secret_services?oldid=770454105https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_intelligence
I suggest that you privately question American officers
about these ideas and trends, which are not secret, and which could play a role
in efforts to clarify the DPI mystery.
3) • The autopsy reports stated that the Dyatlov group ate 6 to 8 hours before their deaths. No evidence was found in the tent that dinner had been prepared and eaten.
Why would they not have eaten before the tragic and mysterious events that caused their deaths ?
Whatever the DPI's real explanation is, I think that
Photo No. 11 suggests that everything went normally
until February 1, 1959 at 5:00 p.m. (=at 17 h)
(except for the slight delay caused by the slower than expected ascent in soft snow).
In my estimation, a likely approximate chronology is as follows:
5:00 p.m. = End of work to establish a platform on the snow-covered slope.
6:00 p.m. = The tent is set up and the hikers go inside for shelter.
Then at least two hours of preparation are needed to unpack, tidy up, sort, and melt the snow with an alcohol burner. (Alcohol can also be used to tie foods. They have melted the snow using an alcohol burner since they were unable to bring firewood with them).
8:00 p.m. = Dinner is ready
9:00 p.m. = Dinner is eaten.
3:00 a.m = Death 6 hours after dinner.
5:00 a.m = Death 8 hours after dinner.
Notice that the temperature inside the tent was low, only a few degrees warmer than outside.
I reasoned with: interior volume = 5 m³, total thermal power released during the night by the 9 immobile people = 1000 watts (which corresponds to a night food ration having the power of 2562 kcal/day).
I want to point out that normally in the absence of fire they would all have been 3/4 dressed.
4) • And how could he have taken photos of the drug's effect? Almost all the action took place outside the tent at night.
Assuming the previous chronology is valid, when he left the tent around 9:00 p.m. Zolotaryov did not know that he would die a few hours later. Zolotaryov hoped to live well for a very long time to come.
Zolotaryov had planned to illustrate his report with photos taken on February 2. It was not a question of taking precise measurements.
I think it is likely that Zolotaryov or his impersonator had contacts with the KGB. He may even have been a full-time agent employed by the KGB.
But it is also likely that the others 8 hikers knew perfectly well that Zolotaryov had been sent by the KGB
and that he was in charge of writing a report on them. But this was of no importance and it did not prevent them from getting along and having fun with each other. It was a very usual and normal situation and there was nothing shocking about it.
5) • What about his last photo that seemed to show a bright flash of light (an explosion perhaps?) that also caught the attention of the three other hikers whose heads seem to be shown at the bottom of the photo?
The camera worn by Zolotariov was light-tight but not waterproof. The shapes obtained by developing the silver film are not images of real objects but only traces of meaningless features.
6) • I contacted the CIA for information about Z..
I had noticed your request to the CIA. This is a good idea, which can be used for others unresolved obscure points
, because even a small clue of little importance could be very useful.
However, it is clear that the official services of the USSR (like those of any other country) will not easily, or not at all, divulge additional information on a case that remains a state secret.
On the other hand, the intelligence or espionage services of the United States will be happy if they can show that they have done a good job and that they know certain things that the camp opposite would like to hide.