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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.













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First burial was carried out on March 9, 1959 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 Cemetery.


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.


Four bodies 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".


To 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.









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