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We dug up all the orders for 1959 and each one looks the same. Notice that the sappers are sent to the pass "on the basis of the telephone message of military unit 01662", i.e. telephone messages of the brigade, the higher management of a large formation. This was not the initiative of the commander of military unit 24594 himself, he was ordered from above. Look at the date... I believe that we actually found a smoking gun. Firstly, the very fact that Shestopalov is investigating something at the pass, and secondly... February again. Will they say again "well, this must be another mistake".
According to his Whois entry, Shestopalov was "on work trips to Ivdel from March 2 to March 13, 1959; March 18-23, 1959; from March 31 to April 30, 1959," those work trips being the search (in the radio grams, "The officers named below shall be deemed to have departed on a business trip.")I think the 14.11 is a misdate, personally but I don't discount much of anything with this case! Either way, excellent question!!