It's way to complicated to stage the scene like that. For starters, the 2 men would require fire arms. From where ? How would they get into possession of firearms ?
They were spies and their handlers gave them the pistols.
Then what would be the motive ? Everyone knew that the group was well welded together and they were good friends. This entire scenario would require a completely different group to work.
There are marriages that last decades where someone hides their true self from their partner, there are people who work with someone for decades and call them a friend only to have that person turn out to be fake, there are people who kill themselves and no one could believe it because it was the guy who was always cracking jokes and smiling or it was the bubbly girl who seemed to be always happy.
I was saying about looking for documents hidden in the fabric of the tent...
Why would they hide anything in the fabric of the tent?
- why did Zolotaryov say "we will be famous around the world" before leaving on the hike ? What did he expect to encounter/do on Mount Otorten or nearby that would be so important ?
Maybe it was misunderstanding and he was saying he will be famous when he gets back because he will be a very successful guide?
- why did the skiers pitch their tent on the slope, in an exposed position to wind ? It was a realy bad place to camp. And it was completely different from what they've been doing the previous days (pitching tent in the forest).
It could have been exhaustion, they were too tired to make it to the treeline. It could have been a sudden snow storm that threatened their visibility or it could have been something as simple as they were losing daylight and decided the risks were worth it when compared to moving 1.6km to the tree line and pitching a tent in the dark.
- where is Zolotaryov's notebook (containing presumably his journal) ? How did it disappeared ?
Suposedly someone from the search party found it in his hand and picked it up, it could have been too damaged for any recovery and was thrown out or it could have held a clue the investigation didn’t want to release or it could have been simply misplaced/forgotten about in someone’s bag and they didn’t want to come forward later and be accused of stealing it.
- what are the mystery fireballs reported by eye-witnesses in the night of Fev 1st ?
Could have been a natural phenomenon, jet’s flying. In 1960 the flight plan of the American U2 that was shot down over the USSR took it within a few hundred km of the pass, could have been an American spy plane being shot at by air defence.
- what caused Zolotaryov, Lyubidina's and Thibeaux-Brignolles's fractures ?
Butt of a rifle, baton, rock, for Zolotaryov and Dubinina it could have been hit repeatedly by the butt of a rifle, a baton, they could have been stomped, hit by a rock or it could have been some form of fighting technique or torture technique applying pressure to certain areas of the body to inflict injuries or pain.
- what is the cause of the Mansi legend of the nine dead hunters on Kholat Syakl ?
Unless we have proof that they actually disappeared, it could have been a legend born after the death of the hikers or it could have been 9 hunters dying over 5 years and with every retelling it gets changed until its 9 hunters dying at once.
- what is the cause of the Mansi legend about the people-abducting Menk ?
Just a legend, or it could be a story used to scare the children only to be believed by those so inclined after the death of the hikers.
Those questions, and others like them, paint a complicated picture. It is possible that the group encountered something truly extraordinary on Fev 1st/2nd.
Is it really that likely though? The 4 hikers that were engaged in the fight wouldn’t have survived without significant and very obvious injuries of a fight with something that outclassed them, if a yeti did the damage to the 4 in the ravine, why didn’t the Yeti do such damage to the faces of Dyatlov and Zinaida? I mean if the Yeti could crush all those ribs in one punch and fracture a skull, why didn’t it simply smash their faces with one punch?