Solter seems quite confident in her words, and repeats things several times. One thing that strikes me is that she says there were no relatives. So how were the bodies formally identified? I would have thought that it is usual to ask close relatives to formerly identify the bodies? It would be very unusual, to remove clothing, clean up bodies, dress them in new clothes and place them in coffins for immediate burial before even an autopsy is done? Unless of course they weren't flown back to the city for burial, and they were taken somewhere else from the air field? Somewhere, where their clothes were replaced again, but this time with some clothes similar to what they were wearing when they found? Now one could take them to a different place, away from the hikers planned route and fabricate a new scene that is bizarre and makes no sense. Then you can find the bodies again, and this time formerly identify them and do an autopsy. This way you can remove any evidence of what actually happened, but still have the bodies of 9 of your finest young citizens for the families to say their goodbye to and pay respects.
Thing is fabricating a new scene - even if you are really good is likely to result in some mistakes, as well as a few things that might not make any sense. But it would probably be enough to keep people guessing for over 60 years.
So what about the bodies that were found not quite clean? Not exactly dirty, but with traces of blood still evident. For example, autopsy of Dyatlov states, "The lips are of bluish purple color and covered in clotted blood." Slobodin's autopsy states, " On the end of the nose a part of the soft tissue is under a dry brown-cherry-red crust with a size of 1.5 x 1 cm. The lips are swollen. The mouth is closed. There is a trail of caked blood coming from the opening of the nose". Several other autopsies mention things like that: nothing that would be called really dirty, but certainly something that ought to have been cleaned away if Nurse Solter had seen them first.
The autopsies themselves seem somewhat cursory, as though going through the basic procedure without really searching for anything. Are you suggesting that the autopsies were "doctored" to some extent?
All of the autopsies state that rigor mortis had resolved--which is to be expected--so doesn't that mean that the description of the position of the person is based on their frozen position? But they would have to wait until the body thawed in order to remove the clothing and examine it, so any autopsy must have been done in stages: examination and report of the position/state of the frozen body and another examination after it was thawed. (Am I understanding this right?) Which means that it would have been easier for one person to do the "frozen examination" and another to do the "thawed examination".
I'm wondering because it seems like a very tedious job to position the bodies down to the curl of the toes in the socks and hold them in that position while they freeze in place in order to fool the person doing the autopsy. On the other hand, putting arms and legs into a basic position might be simpler and then just add to the autopsy report as needed.
Not really trying to make a point--just thinking through what would have been involved in an undertaking you suggest. I can imagine someone doing that. And putting the bodies in the ravine so that the would have time to decompose and hide evidence is a good idea. And if you were dressing bodies, you might get some of the clothing on the wrong person, which makes it look like they traded on purpose. It does seem rather extravagant to tear up clothing of one person and wrap it around parts of another person; it's not like that plays an important role in the "story".
I was reading the radiograms yesterday and was struck by Maslennikov's report (sent in a radiogram while he was on site conducting the search): The victims were thrown out of the tent by a hurricane without footwear, some without trouser and jackets. The direction of the hurricane is northeastern east, so all of them are on the same line from the discovered tent the farthest approximately two kilometers from the tent. In the sources of the stream flowing into Lozva, a fire is burning burned logs dead. The nearest neighbor Kolmogorov's head is broken tomorrow the survey will continue...
It just seems like a premature conclusion at that point.
Sulman responds by asking why the tent stayed put if the hurricane blew the hikers down the hill.
In a later radiogram, Maslennikov gives basic theory we are all familiar with: In the morning they made a storage and left part of the food here at 15:00. They again went to the pass to Lozva and climbed to the place where the tent was found. Probably they took the slope at the time of the blizzard at altitude 1079, the main ridge behind the slope from the Auspia to the ravine ascended to the crest, and the Chamovs decided to break camp at this place, driven by a hurricane wind. The tent is installed very tightly under all the rules under the tent all the skis then empty backpacks of quilted jackets from one side stacked products with other shoes, here not all the blankets are all personal things. The tent is set taking into account the strong wind from the top of the group the supper in the tent left the food and began to change clothes to take off the wet clothes of the shoes and put on a dry one. It was at this moment that something happened that made the group half-dressed run out of the tent and rush down the slope. Maybe someone dressed went out to recover and he was sleeping. Jumped to the scream - were also demolished tent installed in the most dangerous place in the wind place here is the strongest wind. It was impossible to climb back meters from fifty since the tent was torn down, the lower ones could command her off to go into the woods, counting on the slope towards the XXXXXXXXXXXXX Auspya where the forest next to them they wanted to hide here can be found the place of their previous overnight but very stony and up to the forest 2-3 times farther. Dyatlov and Kolmogorova lit the fire, they went back to look for clothes but were not dressed well enough and fell. Not enough and they fell. The position of their bodies speaks of this.
If we go with the theory that all the evidence was planted, I believe that Maslennikov was in on it. He made sure the right bodies were found, and fed everyone the approved interpretation of the evidence.