One of the popular explanations concerning the death of the Dyatlov
group is Soviet Special Forces. The motif is simple. Nine tourists
walked into a forbidden zone so Soviet Special forces got rid of
unwanted witnesses. The reason for such cruel fate might involve the
fall of some secret ballistic missile or possibly aircraft testing.
One of the clues that allowed this theory to surface is the presence
of UFOs in the area. They were seen on the day of the incident and
they were seen several times over a course of months by the rescue
team, Mansi natives, several geologists, and students. In fact,
several first-hand accounts will be mentioned in the UFO theories
section later on. It is quite plausible that one of these UFO
(either human-made or alien) might be a reason to take care of the
If the Soviet troops/ Special forces theory is correct we should
assume that it was an accident of some sorts, something unexpected.
It couldn't be a secret facility or anything lengthy. For one search
team didn't find any remains of army presence in the region.
Additionally the trip was planned before hand and a detailed map was
submitted to the dean of the university. Soviet officials knew the
approximate path of the Dyatlov Group and they could easily divert
the planned trip to some other location and some other area. Soviet
system might have been cruel at times, but not stupid. Even if we
will assume that university dean failed to inform proper authorities
about the Dyatlov group, other people were present in the area. None
of the native tribes ever reported being stopped or turned away by
the soldiers. Every facility has a fence and an area around the
fence that you couldn't penetrate. Similarly to Area 51 where you
can't even get to the border of the restricted zone without someone
This region of the Ural mountains has a very small population
density and high presence of the secret military sites. Many secret
tests were carried out in this vast expanse of land with very few
witnesses around. One of the plausible candidates for a tested
weapons might be an air defense system against American strategic
bombers. Soviet Union military was still trying out its R- 12
rockets that were (officially) adopted in March of 1959. Although
some Western intelligence reports place these advanced surface- to-
air missiles as early as October and November of 1958. As part of
the defense, they were placed around largest cities in the Soviet
Union including Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), hometown of the
members of the Dyatlov group. Apparently not all launches were
successful and some rockets fell to the ground. Soviet engineers
certainly did not want to scream about their failures.
forget that through much of the 50's Soviet army was basically
defenseless against the American spy planes. The first successful shot
down actually happened a year later in May of 1960
when Soviet rockets shot down U2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers just 67 km (43 mi) west of Sverdlovsk
hometown of the Dyatlov Group.
When the safety of your country at stake and a chance for a World
War III is quite plausible that the
forces of Spetznaz took a drastic approach to unforeseen intruders.
Some of the findings that would be
explained by this theory are strange marking on the dead. First of
all it would explain why the group has left the tent. They were
forced to do so. Additionally, it is plausible that Rustem Slobodin
got into a fight with one of the men and got hit pretty badly.
Special forces after all are trained to kill. It is their job. Zina
Kolmogorova might have been another victim of the scuffle. While the
claims that there is no damage to the head, some of the first
radiograms sent by the rescue team
clearly indicate that her had was bashed with something heavy.
Francis Gary Powers
that point on it might appear that the group was left to freeze to
death. They descended from a tent to the tree line to look for
shelter and develop some survival plan. Footprints they left shows
that the group was organized, walked at a normal pace and didn't
show any sign of frantic running around. They picked up a single
direction and followed it. Forest was a much better option than
barren slopes of the Kholat Syakhl mountain. Meanwhile, the presumed
killers decided to keep an eye of the Dyatlov Pass by hiding in the
tent. They cut few holes from the inside as the
official documents state and
waited for the Dyatlov group to succumb to the elements.
However fire under the cedar greatly increased
the chances of the
group for survival. Once
they realized that the Dyatlov group actually attempted to survive
and it seemed they they have a good chance, soldiers or special
forces have descended and finished off Krivonischenko and Doroschenko,
while the other part of the group went to the ravine to dig for a
den for the protection.
Krivonischenko it seems tried to climb a tree and even stay there.
Presence of his skin between his teeth and damaged fingers might be
indicative how hard he tried to evade his tormentors. He would have
to bide his own hands to get a grip and stay on the tree as long as
he could. He probably
died from hypothermia and exhaustion either on a tree or after
falling on the groun.
Doroshenko and a strange grey foam around his mouth visible also on
the photos from the morgue. It might be indicative of the great
pressure applied to his chest that caused pulmonary edema and hence
death. Young athletic men rarely cause this condition. But exhertion
of pressure on the thoracic cavity resulted in an increased
hydrostatic pressure of the capillaries causing liquid from the
blood vessels to leak into the lungs, thus causing suffocation and
Killers went looking for the rest of the group in the forest.
Meanwhile, seven members returned to the cedar and discovered their
friends dead. They cut clothes from the dead and spread them among
the survivors. Some of their clothes were later discovered on the
last bodies and in the den. Given the circumstances, it was a
justifiable method of survival. It explains why Doroshenko and
Krivonischenko were found half naked.
Three members of the Dyatlov group, Dyatlov, Slobodin and
Kolmogorova, attempted to climb the mountain but froze to death at
different distances from the tent. Meanwhile, the four members of
the group went back to the den that initially hid them from their
The death of four last tourists found in
the den happened late in the night or early in the morning then the
killers got cold, tired and sloppy. While the death of Doroshenko
and Krivonischenko might have been planned and carried out according
to plan, the death of the last four survivors might indicate the
state of mind of the killers. They didn't care about hiding the
evidence of their presence anymore. They were tired, cold and really
angry at people who kept them all night at the cold.
Soviet special forces/ Soviet intelligence
would also explain why many witness testimonies were thrown out and
why several unidentified men were following members of the
Soviet government had to hide their guilt and several facts were
simply overlooked. It is a common misunderstanding exists that the
criminal record was shut and made secret. It is not true. However,
some of the most interesting evidence pieces and testimonies were
simply overlooked, ignored and tossed away.
For example, we still don't know what happened to the 'obmotki'
or puttee found on the Dyatlov Pass. This thin long strip of linen
was used by the Soviet soldiers in the 1930's to secure the boots.
In 1959 this piece of uniform was largely abandoned, but it is
possible that some of the old school soldiers still carried them. We
certainly know that none of the Dyatlov group carried this piece of
equipment. Again this piece of evidence was ignored and thrown out.
However, head of the search party at the time Artukov did send a
presence of puttee I can not explain"
Another valuable eyewitness Yury Yudin in his interview about the
Dyatlov Pass Incident to
Komsomolskaya Pravda on October 17, 2012 said this: "But among all
the junk, only one thing was a foreign - a soldier's puttee. I
immediately pointed it out to Ivanov, but he, I have seen, for some
reason did not record it in his notes." In fact, there were two
puttees discovered on Dyatlov Pass. One was found near a cedar tree,
while another puttee discovered near a tent.
Some of the examples of puttee on Soviet soldier dating to late 30's
and early 40's. It was common other armies as well
People who oppose this scenario point out that none of the rescuers ever reported any unusual footprints. Since most of the members of the group had no footwear on one or both legs, their prints were easily recognizable and distinguishable
from the Dyatlov group. However the footprints were never closely examined
since no one expected to find the group dead. No one really bothered
to check for a presence of other footprints.
We have several eyewitnesses claimed that they saw a mark of a heel
on some of the footprints, indicating that tourists were followed by
men in the military boots.
Yury Yudin who was an original
member of the Dyatlov Group was also a participant in
the investigation of the site of the Dyatlov Pass
Incident. He is not a professional in the area of
criminal justice, but his subjective opinion should be
noted anyway for the sake of full picture. In his
interview he noted.
When we found an empty, abandoned tent, Captain
Chernyshev, who was an experienced tracker and a taiga
(expression similar to a "mountain man" in
and deputy head of the search party, noted that some of
the footprints left by the boots had a heel. This could
indicate a army boots. I noted this fact as well as some
other other participants of the search. As it is known,
the track - is not just a piece of evidence. For the
experienced criminalist it is the key to solving the
crime. However, this "key" Ivanov did not use.
strange inconsistency is seemingly illogic behavior after the death
of the Dyatlov Group. No one tried to keep the search party from
entering the territory. If the Soviet special forces did kill the
members of the Dyatlov Group, they could have easily removed the
bodies from the Dyatlov Pass and move them elsewhere. The area
was open to the public and if the special forces had to kill members
of the Dyatlov pass from revealing some secret information, why
leave the bodies of these people on the Dyatlov Pass?