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Per Inge Oestmoen:

--- Quote from: Teddy on October 08, 2020, 12:58:00 PM ---As it says in the article, besides the high income, he got away with what someone else wouldn't have. He also lived in Lermontov, a closed city, where a secret uranium mining took place. Since Zolotaryov had a brother traitor this shouldn't have been possible but he did. Things are adding up.

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Zolotaryov's suspect family connections may theoretically have contributed to the decision to eliminate the nine hikers, but it is more probable that their being witnesses to activities that were strict state secrets was the decisive factor. If someone knows too much about something you are not supposed to know, there is a risk that a slip of the tongue tomorrow or in X years would mean that some secrets become divulged. This is a risk that the state security agencies in Soviet Russia would never take. Only the fact that the temperature was not sufficiently low during the night of February 02, 1959 prevented the Dyatlov Pass tragedy from being the perfectly executed wet affair.

Very interesting insight into Zolotaryov's character.  Interesting, as well, that he calls Burgach his wife--not his girlfriend, not his mistress--although she was still married to someone else.  He doesn't bother with the truth if a lie is simpler, and has no scruples when it comes to making life comfortable for himself. This, in itself, does not necessarily make him responsible for the deaths of the others, but it sheds some light on the group dynamics.

He could not connect with the others by being the same age or having had the same life experiences.  He could not relate to their general clean living and desire to be worthy of respect.  He relied on a superficial charm to gain acceptance--as, I expect, he was accustomed to doing in most other circumstances.

Bienko:  Everyone immediately fell in love with Zolotaryov. He was a sociable and cheerful guy. Easily connected with anyone. He knew a lot of hiking and camp songs. He easily fit into the Dyatlov group.

I think this description is so revealing.  Sociable; cheerful; camp songs: These are polite behaviors that anyone could assume who wanted to be accepted by a new group of people.  And, according to Bienko, it was based on these externalities that the whole group "fell in love with" Zolotaryov.

I remain suspicious of Bienko's replacement by Zolotaryov.  This new information about Zolotaryov's behavior does nothing to lessen that.

It does not, however, dovetail with a Zolotaryov who is so committed to the Communist Party that he volunteers for a dangerous mission and dies a hero when the mission goes wrong.  There must be a different explanation.

Jean Daniel Reuss:

I have no particular knowledge nor personal interest in these past events.
However, I remind you that the historical context of the USSR during the period 1939-1960 should not be omitted.

In consequences
Tried for bribery...I have no reason to believe in the objectivity and impartiality of :
T. Zhidkova - Peskov - Krikunov - Polievktov
...nor to consider that the "latest decisions of the Central Committee of the party"  is an example of fair justice.

Tried for traitor brother Nikolay A. Zolotaryov (1903-1943)The qualifier of traitor depends fundamentally from the point of view of the one who utters it.

In summer of 1942, many of the Germans reaching Kuban were greeted as liberators. Many Soviet Kuban Cossacks chose to switch to the German side either when in POW camps or on active service in the Soviet Army.
Which, by the way, can be better understood in consideration of the millions of completely innocent Soviet citizens who were sent to the Gulag camps between 1930 and 1945.

We must not forget the mentalities and the situations of the populations of Kuban, a region close to the Caucasus.
For Anton_Denikin (1872-1947) who remained bitterly opposed to Russia's Communist government, Nikolay Zolotaryov would have been considered as a hero.
So in 1943, the 2 millions of white Russians could certainly think:
" Nikolay Zolotaryov was not a traitor, as our enemies the Bolsheviks (the Reds) say, but on the contrary he is a cowardly murdered martyr ".

From the summer of 1943, the Soviets organized trials for collaboration with the Nazis and involvement in war crimes. See , (but in French) :

The rather tumultuous history of General Andrey Vlasov (1901-1946) is widely known:

The German General Helmuth von Pannwitz(1898-1947) had organized against the USSR the 1st Cossack Division and was very popular with his Cossack troops.

That is another example:
"...The soviet major Ivan Kononov(1900-1967) then held a meeting with all his officers and men, where he announced that he was now an enemy of Stalin, and that he had decided to take up the fight against the Soviet regime for the liberation of Russia..."
"...Apart from a few Political Officers all were ready to follow him.
On the 22nd of August 1941, without any resistance, Kononov led his regiment over to the German side...."
A more complete history of Ivan Koronov can be found here :


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