Ok if two members of the group failed to return from wherever, collecting firewood, the loo, etc., going out to search for them makes sense. But for the whole group to do this. Two or three people would be enough, don't you think? Perhaps two groups of two each?
That still leaves 3 people in the tent who could continue preparing food, or assembling the stove, de-icing boots and so on.So I don't think this satisfactorily explains the whole group leaving the tent. Unless of course they didn't, and in fact there were 2 or 3 "waves".
I don't think this can be explained in any way. Finding something with no snow on top in an area where significant snowfall has occurred and covers other things (except ones that protrude), has no explanation. Except being put there after the snowfall. Or perhaps falling there, but from where? Was the flashlight hung on a ski pole but fell down weeks later due to wind? I don't think there's another explanation apart from someone from the search party picking it up then placing it on top of the tent and the next person to arrive at the tent finding this strange.
What about the flashlight with 10cm ofsnow underneath and none on top. This was sitting on the side of tent? How would you explain cutting the tent in a terrified panic and dropping the flashlight onto 10cm of snow? How did the snow get underneath the flashlight?
Sounds like you are suspicious about a number of things around the tent too? Its not just the odd thing out of place. There are many things out of place, that require a level of complexity to explain, when the simpler explanation is the scene has been fabricated, somewhere away from where the actual dpi took place. Also, the lack of detailed analysis of things like the foot prints. I dont know if you are a forensic expert but your thoughts on the age of the prints sounds reasonable and yet there is no such discussion in the case files?
At the cedar, how did Yuri K die from hypothermia, while the fire was still hot enough to burn his leg and charr his toe? Or did he burn his leg to a crisp while still conscious?
Yes of course, many things seem suspicious.
But the problem with the fabricated scene is that it takes a lot of effort, and if someone put in that effort, they could have fabricated it much better. So nothing looks suspicious. For example set up the tent on a steeper slope, put them in there and trigger an avalanche above.Or bury them all in very deep snow so they aren't found until the summer. If I want to be really creative, trigger that avalanche above the lake near Otorten so they end up underwater. Then all injuries could be easily attributed to avalanche, and even other damage like a broken ski pole.
The fire is problematic for the same reason. If it's a fabricated scene, why make a fire, and a den? This indicates the group were alive for a while and makes everything look a lot more suspicious i.e. there is a need to explain why they left the tent. So it looks like less of a natural disaster's aftermath.
But regarding Yuri K, unfortunately it's possible to freeze to death next to even a large fire, and this one didn't seem very large, because if there is wind then on the windward side there isn't much of a warming effect, and on the other side the wind blows the flames in your face, or on your leg I guess in case of a small fire. And also I think it's somewhat possible he burned himself while still alive because he had no sensation in his extremities due to the cold... although there is the problem that in that case, he also wouldn't be able to walk. But maybe that checks out.. during the last stages of hypothermia he crawled close to the fire in a last ditch effort to warm himself