Did they need passports to travel from Sverdlovsk to the Northern Urals?
I am not that familiar with the rules at the time, I know that travel within Russia was somewhat restricted. But they just about stayed within their oblast (like a state). So did they need passports? If not, why would Rustem bring his with him on the trip? And especially in his pocket?
And he also carried 310 roubles. I have read somewhere that their camerascost around the same amount and weren't the cheapest model. So I assume this was a considerable amount of money, probably multiple months' savings. The exchange rate around that time was 0.25 USD/SUR.
Wasn't this amount more than needed for the trip? And also, wasn't Lyuda the group treasurer? Why would Rustik bring so much money with him (if the assumption is correct about its worth)?
Yes, I've wondered very much about the amount of money they carried. I tried to figure out the exchange from 1959 rubles to 2021 dollars, but it was difficult to get a reliable answer. It *looks* like Wikipedia says that in 1959 4 rubles = about 1 US dollar. And 1 US dollar in 1959 is equal to about $8.90 today. That would seem like an awful lot of cash. On the other hand, Lyuda writes in her diary that just before the trip she bought 5 meters of cambric that cost 200 rubles. Based on buying fabric today, I wouldn't expect cambric to be more than about $10/yard, tops. So 200 rubles might have had the purchasing power of about $50 today?
Here's the money it seems they were carrying:
975 (just "found")
TOTAL: 2026 Rubles.
And that was basically to get them back home, plus any needs they might have the opportunity of purchasing as they headed back into civilization. It seems like an awful lot, but I just don't have the background knowledge to see through it.