A few years ago, a TV documentary revealed two documents from the chief prosecutor of the region, one was an official looking document and the other a hand-written letter presumably from the chief prosecutor. The official document requested that a case be opened about the deaths of the Dyatlov hikers. This document was dated Feb. 6th. The letter was requesting the same thing and dated Feb. 15th. These dates are several weeks before an investigation was launched near the end of Feb.
Questions these documents raise presuming they are authentic and not a hoax or falsified:
How did the authorities know about the hikers' deaths just days after they happened?
Did the Mansi find the bodies and report to authorities?
Did the military find the bodies days after testing chemical weapons? (Could the hikers have breathed in some sort of mustard gas derivative and crazily rush out of the tent?)
Why did it take several weeks to finally send a search team? (Waiting for chemical residue to reach a "safe" level?)
Why did the military close off the area for three years?
Please share your thoughts...
It's possible that there are innocent explanations for these dates (typos, erroneously backdating, hoax, disinformation etc). But there is the story that men were on the scene much sooner than the rescuers.
The group had to miss their agreed deadline for returning to civilisation before the alarm could be raised.
It's my understanding that the "closing of the area" was achieved simply by refusing permits to travel there. Remember this is 1959 Soviet Russia, no one went anywhere without papers granting permission.