"Alexander" Zolotarev was born on February 2nd, 1921. 37 years old. Not married.
or Alexander Zolotarev was born in 1921 in Udobnaya village
of Krasnodar region in the South Russia. He was son of a doctor.
He was the oldest and also the most mysterious member of the
Dyatlov group. A native of North Caucasian Kuban Cossacks he survived the Great Patriotic War
served in the active duty from October 1941 till May 1946
in the 48th army of the Second Belorussian Front
Some researches point a strange inconsistency between him
joining the Red Army on October 10th 1941 and reaching the front
on May 10th 1942. And these months were marked by some of the
heaviest fighting between Soviet Red Army and German Wehrmacht.
He should have been fighting within a week or so. Is it possible
that he was trained as a ranger or a special forces soldier? We
don't have a proof for that, but judging by official reports of
his officers he was one hell of a soldier. No fear, no
hesitancy, yet very disciplined and thoughtful.
Survival rate for generation born in 1921- 22 was 3% so Semen Zolotarev was very
Additionally he received four medals including the Order of the Red
Star, "For the Defense of Stalingrad", "For the capture of
Konigsberg" (today Kaliningrad), "For the Victory over Germany".
Below is an official document
stating one of his feats for which he was awarded government award (Order
of the Red Star).
Sergeant S. (! Semen)
Zolotarev crossed the river along with his nine men during the night
from 21 to 22 April 1945 on a pantone raft. As he was crossing his
raft was targeted by artillery and mortar fire from the side of the
One he got to the other
side he managed to construct a ferry for transport of more troops.
Enemy zeroed on the group with mortar fire and machine gun fire. One
of his soldiers was wounded and Zolotarev took his place in an
attempt to secure the ferry. His fearless example inspired other
troops to complete the task as soon as possible. One of the piece of
destroyed ferry laid about 300 meters from the group landing.
Zolotarev left security of the landing site at the river and
ventured into a deep swamp to retrieve it.Another of his men
(private Korneev) followed him with out his order and helped his
commanding officer to retrieve necessary piece of the ferry from the
The task was completed and
ferry started to operate. Badly needed ammunition and tanks were
transported across the river on the other bank of the river.
For the skillful and brave
command of his unit, for the bravery and courage that he showed in a
combat mission Sergeant Zolotarev was awarded government medals.
One of the
most strange aspects of this man is his unexplained choice of
introducing himself under a fake name. His real name was Semen while everyone called him "Sasha" or "Alexander". There is no credible evidence of why he chose to introduce himself by a different name.
It is known
whether he joined a Communist party after the war
or not. In April 1946 Zolotarev transferred to Leningrad Military Engineering
University. Here he completed two years of college in physical
education. Later he transferred to Mink Institute of Physical Education (GIFKB). In the yearly 50's he worked as a guide for
a tourist base of "Artybash" in Altai in South Siberia.
Although his carrier might seem usual it is hard to explain certain points in his biography. He could have stayed in the army, but left it. He could have stayed and work as a tourist guide at one tourist base and yet he moves across the country repeatedly without explanation. Additionally being a Cossack from the South it is highly unusual that he never got married, never had any kids and had numerous strange tattoos that he hid under his clothing.
Family members who knew him were surprised to find out that he even
had them. So either Zolotarev was so good in hiding them or he added
them just recently.
These tattoos included his birth year "1921",
letters "Г.С." and letters
on the rear left forearm. The last was common among Soviet soldiers who served together for a long time. Russian letter
"Д" stands for
or "friendship". Three letters were first letters of the three soldiers
who served with Semed Zolotarev.
"С" stood for
or "Semen" in Russian. Although some suggested that
Russian letter "C" might also stand for Sasha (Саша) Zolotarev.
Sasha is a more casual name for Alexander. Others two names are unknown. We can only make guesses.
On his rear right forearm he had a tattoo of a heart and a letter
"C". Another tattoo "ДАЕРММУАЗУАЯ" seems like a complete gibberish.
No body knows what it stands for, but there have been many theories.
We will probably will never know the true meaning of these letters.
At the rear of the right hand at the base of the big toe a tattoo
It is a Russian name, short for
Genady. It is plausible that one of the letters in the
combination was Genady.
Ironically he was supposed to celebrate his 38th birth day on February 2nd. This also becomes the date of his death.