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Burial of victims in the Dyatlov Pass Incident
All 9 members
of the Dyatlov Pass Incident were eventually buried in Sverdlovsk, now known as Yekaterinburg.
First burial was carried out on March 9,
with a presence of a large crowd. First to laid rest were
Doroshenko, Krivonischenko and Kolmogorova. Dyatlov and Slobodin
were buried the next day on March 10. Bodies of four tourists
Dyatlov, Slobodin, Doroshenko and Kolmogorova were buried at the
Michailovsky Cemetery, while Krivonischenko was buried at Ivanovskoe
Even this part
of the Dyatlov Pass Incident didn't escape difficulties. Local
Communist officials initially didn't want to make a big deal out of
tragedy and objected publicity of the event, its time and location.
Initially they wanted to bury all tourists in a single grave near
Ivdel rather than take them back to Sverdlovsk. Additionally they
refused to allow large group of mourners to gather near a cemetery.
It took great deal of energy, persuasion and simple Russian ass
kicking before these officials hesitantly accepted burial of the
Dyatlov Pass Incident victims as they were planned.
that were found in the creek in early May were laid to rest on 12
May, 1959. Zolotarev was buried on Ivanovskoe Cemetery, while other
three were laid with their friends on Michailovskoe Cemetery.
Victims of the Dyatlov Pass Incident were buried in closed zinc
coffins unlike first five victims. Their state of decomposition made
open casket burial not an option. There has been a great degree of
discussion about the nature of zinc coffins. There is nothing
unusual about or particularly strange. Zinc is widely available and
fairly cheap. In fact it is a common practice for all coffins in
Russia in the second half of the 20th century. In fact Russian
expressions like "zinc suit" or "zinc dress" is a euphemism for
death. Something like an expression to "kick a bucket".
this day many of the witnesses can't explain why Semen Zolotarev and
Yuri Krivonischenko were buried separately on the cemetery that was
officially closed for all new burials. Some said that the graves
were visited by people "in civilian clothes" which was a term used
to describe KGB agents. Although no substantial proof of this was
ever found, so it might be just rumors. We still can't find out who
and why gave the order to bury victims of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
separately. Relatives of the deceased were certainly not the initiators of this strange decision.
Today the grave of 7 members are commonly visited on Michailovskoe Cemetery. People leave flowers and light candles
in remembrance of Dyatlov Pass Incident. Unfortunately two other members of the group are buried separately on Ivanovskoe Cemetery and few people are actually aware of it. The names of Yuri Krivonischenko and Semen Zolotarev are present, but for some unexplained reason the initials of Zolatarev are wrong. Instead of "A.I" they are suppose to be "S.A". for Semen Alekseevich. I never found an explanation on why Zolatarev introduced himself by a different name to group.