- According to the book, a tree fell on the tent. And yet, passages describing the conversations and actions of the conspirators refer to a "snowed-in" tent and an "avalanche". What is the status of the Dyatlovites' tent supposed to be when the geologists(?) found it? Did the conspirators have to remove the fallen tree from the tent, or not?
These are the most likely conspirators according to our version of events.
18.IX.1904 - 17.III.1983
1906 - IV.1964
|Head of the Northern
|Lieutenant Colonel, Head of
the PO Box 240 Administration
|First Secretary of the Ivdel
City Committee of the
sapper commander leading
a group of 7
There are no
passages describing the conversations and actions of the conspirators
but there is an interesting radiogram from May:Received: Temnikov,
this is outrageous, fourteen comrades and I carried the corpses to the helicopter on our shoulders but the crew was ... more than dozen ... the helicopter lifted off, despite my convincing requests, they didn’t take on board what I had requested as a communist ... the crew’s behavior was insulting I ask you to inform the General Party of the Soviet Union and twice the hero of the Soviet Union, commander Col. General Lelyushenko.
for you personally. corpses are frozen in the state in which you saw them in ----- concerns their exposed parts of the body. we are not there ... guided by ... a detailed study showed that they are in a frozen state a medical expert --- refused to perform their resection because of the inability to do this, which he will personally report to you at your request
The radiogram was addressed to Ivan Stepanovich Prodanov. It was received by Temnikov in the Northern Expedition (Ivdel), and it was definitely read by Sulman.
When could Prodanov or Sulman have seen the frozen corpses? This radiogram was sent after the pilots refused to take the bodies on board for transportation to Ivdel, and after Vozrozhdenny was summoned. There is no information about Prodanov or Sulman ever going to the pass in May, and Sulman has nothing to do with the search at all.
It is known that after finding the bodies Tempalov, Lev Ivanov and Vozrozhdenny flew to the pass. There are no recollections or documents about the arrival of Prodanov. An indirect fact in favor of his absence in May in the ravine is that Ortyukov had a heated argument with the pilots. Surely the local party leader would calmly resolve the issue.
The radiogram refers to the bodies found in May in the creek. The only time anybody could have ever seen these bodies frozen is before the official search for the Dyatlov group.
- I'm not real clear about what is supposed to have happened between the tree falling on the tent and the discovery of dead bodies on the slope of Kholat Syakhl in the morning. Wouldn't the five that escaped the tent have eventually realized that the other four were dead, and nothing could be done for them? Why couldn't they retrieve at least some warm clothes and other life-preserving gear from the tent?
The tent crushed by the tree with some of the bodies still trapped inside is spotted from a routine flight over the pass and the common retrieval procedures are carried out. Bodies are recovered and sent to the Ivdel morgue. The tent is most likely folded and put somewhere. Everything was supposed to end with a funeral in the nearby cemetery after identifying the bodies by the relatives. So far there is no conspiracy. Solter washes the bodies, Prudkov examines the bodies. This is presumed to be Shumkov's group. Interrogation started on Feb 6 from Polunochnoe, the starting point of Shummkov's group. Then comes Feb 7 when the Shumkov group reaches District 41 where they have never been before and according to Shumkov's published recollections are greeted with "We didn't expect to see you again."
Dyatlov group is dead. We do not know when they were found, but it was the bodies crawling up the slope that were spotted from a routine flight. They are sent to the morgue. Dead bodies from apparent mountaineering incidents are not being autopsied. Same thing happened to Oleg Vavilov, conspiracy and all:Dropped on orders from aboveThe route not traveled
We don't know if the tent was found "in the morning
", only that it was sometimes before the anyone was even looking for Dyatlov group.
"The five that escaped the tent
" - which five escaped the tent? This is not what we say. Some hikers were crushed inside the tent. The rest frantically cut up the tent form inside and desperately tried to help their dying friends, not thinking about securing clothes or shoes. It's a mayhem. During their daytime trekking they have seen many helicopters in the sky. Some of the group went up the slope to call for help. Bardin, one of the searchers from Moscow suggested "If Kolevatov was such an erudite, as Yuri Yudin said, then from some moment of retreat he had to go straight upward, gaining height. Probably, right from the campfire."
This is the direction where if there is a mishap a survivor should head to.
A question to RMK: If you are totally taken by surprise by a horrific disastrous event that leaves three of your friends dying right in front of your eyes, would you really try to retrieve warm clothes and other life-preserving gear?
Also the hikers were in a different state of clothing. Remember that they were redressed at the morgue. Anything we see is staged, not on purpose, but trying to put it back where it was first found. But since the order was not preserved it all seems very weird.
- Why did the official search parties find clothing from Krivonischenko and Doroshenko on the "Ravine 4"? Was that just part of the conspirators' staging of the scene?
Because some of them were redressed after being thawed and cleaned int he morgue. Recollections of Solter
There was no planned staging. It was all put back, bodies dumped, no big picture, no intended scenario other than possibly to look like the events described in Fedoseev book "On the Road of Trial"
that came out three months before Dyatlov Pass incident..
- Why did it take so long for the conspirators to find Dyatlov's corpse? For that matter, why did the conspirators find the four bodies in the tent before finding Dyatlov, Krivonischenko, Doroshenko, and Kolmogorova (Slobodin fell in a creek, of course)?
Dyatlov's body was found on day 1, hours after the first two bodies under the cedar. The conspirators wanted the tent and some bodies to be found right away so the Sverdlovsk and Moscow to withdraw. The conspiracy didn't know what is still hidden in the snow. They sent to Ivdel only 6 bodies, then dumped them back to be found again. They didn't find all nine bodies which means the firts discovery was not "in the morning", teh snow have started to cover the bodies.
- If the hot stove fell onto Krivonischenko and burned him, why don't the case files mention anything about scorch marks on the tent fabric?
No one considered worth mentioning them. They were very normal for this design of the tent with the stove pipe protruding through the tarpaulin. Remember Sogrin group (Zina and Zolotaryov were suppose to go on that trek), their tent burned down the first days of the hike but they still managed to achieve the world's first winter ascent on both the Sablya and the Neroyka peaks. Nevolin's remark when looking at the burns marks on the searchers tent that they have their own planetarium when the sun shines from outside in. Grigoriev -3Churkina is ordered
to examine only the cuts in the tent. These are th only two questions she needs to write about. Her son says
that she is not allowed to do anything more than that.
- Is Dyatlov group tent cut?
- If yes, are the cuts made from inside or outside?
that they are very different from all other damages. We don't know what other damages to the fabric of the tent are there.
- How many dead bodies had the conspirators found before Col. Shapovalov learned about the hikers' deaths?
Col. Shapovalov is not involved in the case. He is an example for a highly decorated official punished for a work related accident. This is what would happen to "our conspirators" if they didn't distance themselves from the incident with Dyatlov group.