What are your thoughts on the DNA results from Semyon Zolotaryov? I am very interested in (if) the research will continue with the Russian Center for Forensic Medical Examination for a more convincingly examination.
So what if it isn't Semyon Zolotaryov thats buried in the Ivanovskoe Cemetery? What theory could be made from this? I have read that Semyon Zolotaryov was a stranger in the group, he was a newcomer who nobody really knew. Lied in his autobiography about particular events in his life. Made a strange statement before leaving his last expedition "The whole world will talk about this expedition."
I am somewhat puzzled by these results too but find it hard to believe that the person in the grave is not the one which is on all the photos preserved from the trip. The similarity is striking. Also teeth and fractures were consistent.
I am skeptical that such an examination will be repeated or continued soon. Opening the grave was only possible because of a disarray in the paperworks if I understand correctly. Although I admit I am interested, Russian regulations usually forbid such intrusions and that is of course reasonable. Research will go on on other frontiers for sure.
Sure he was a recent member of the group but they had a common goal, viz., obtaining a high qualification as ski instructor; besides a genuine interest in the wilderness I assume. As far as his autobiography is concerned: few people would be entirely honest I think. He probably did not anticipate such scrutiny. At any rate, the inconsistencies you mention remain. With this case it is so difficult to tell apart important details from everyday irrelevancies...