Well, the lack of analysis of the foot prints, and the cuts in the tent near the entrance through the seams have been a problem for me for a while now. This line of thinking makes it clear why.
Also, why Yuri D would be climbing a tree with severe frost bite on hands and feet. Why they were burnt - it doesn't make sense if they were either alive or dead. If they were alive why would they allow their skin to burn like that, and if they died before the fire did, why did they die? The flashlight on the 10cm of snow at the tent, the tidy nature of the tent - given the impression that they cut their way out in a panic.
Ok. So if we cant rely on the evidence at the scene. How do we figure out what really happened to them? Solter's statement. The bodies were very dirty, washed, prepared for burial ( with no relatives to formerly identify them and no autopsy) - odd. 11 bodies overall - odd. Were the bodies, cleaned, possibly decontaminated, and then air lifted back to Kholat Syakhl for placement? 11 bodies? Did Solter see two of the same bodies twice, at different times? First in Feb, when they were prepped, and then in March when they were found again? Lyuda - burned hair and face, Semyon? Authorities need to make some changes to their appearance and then place them somewhere where they would decompose. Missing eyes, tongue? Chest injuries - they were thrown by a wind blast, or accidentally dropped from a helicopter when being air lifted back?
The tent - did the hikers actually cut it? Was it shredded by debris from something and made to look like it was cut. Could there have been an incident that threw up a major amount of dirt, mud, or caused a landslide onto the tent? Possible chemical weapon - chlorine, heavier than air so hugs the ground, will burn eyes and mucous membranes, - no toxicology report. Might induce them to cut and tear themselves out of the tent. Chlorine - oxidising agent, poison, skin colour? Oxidised skin may make them look dirty. Yuri D lungs, grey fluid. Chlorine causes fluid in the lungs, so you kind of drown. Nitrogen dioxide would fo the same. The tent - is there a record somewhere about its recovery and cleaning, prepping it to set back up on Kholat?
If you can't make the hikers disappear, you can always make the scene dissappear instead
Lots and lots of questions. Needs further thought to piecei t together.