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Russia: Dyatlov foundation’s lawyer calls for criminal proceedings and investigation 02:09

Russia: Dyatlov foundation’s lawyer calls for criminal proceedings and investigation

Russian Federation, Yekaterinburg
October 1, 2019 at 22:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

A press conference was held at the TASS press centre in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday to discuss the response of the Prosecutor General’s Office in the case of the Dyatlov Pass, 60 years after a group of hikers were found dead in the Ural Mountains under unclear circumstances.

Lawyer Yevgeny Chernousov, Director of the Sverdlovsk regional public foundation “In Memory of the Dyatlov Group” Yuri Kuntsevich, and Igor Dyatlov’s sister Tatyana Perminova insisted that “the central apparatus of the Investigative Committee of Russia institute criminal proceedings and conduct an investigation,” as well as “stop further actions: stop opening graves and stop the destruction of material evidence."

Igor Dyatlov’s sister appeared in public for the first time. She noted that relatives of the victims “would like to finally put an end to it” so that everyone could calm down.

As journalists previously reported, the lawyer of the Dyatlov group’s public memory fund conveyed to the UK a request from the fund to resume the investigation into the tragedy at the pass, and the initiative was supported by the relatives of all the victims. In 1959, investigators and forensic prosecutors investigated an unregistered criminal case that was not registered with a serial number.

On January 23, 1959, a group of nine students of the Ural Polytechnic Institute headed by Igor Dyatlov set off on a hike through the northern Ural Mountains.

A Soviet criminal probe had found their tent in a remote area in the Urals, which had been cut open from the inside by a sharp object, with all belongings, including shoes, left inside and intact.

The investigators later discovered the students' bodies, with several having suffered serious head wounds. It has never been established what forced the hikers to flee from their camping spot.

Medical tests conducted at the time showed that six of the group died of hypothermia, the rest of other injuries.

For 60 years there has been speculation on what exactly happened in Dyatlov Pass, with some suggesting an alien attack could be the explanation, some talking about secret nuclear tests.

However, the investigators have excluded all paranormal theories, and are currently considering three possible hypotheses: avalanche, hurricane, and what is called “snow board”, a layer of fine-grained snow consisting of crystals densely packed by wind moving and destroying the tents and injuring the people.

Russia: Dyatlov foundation’s lawyer calls for criminal proceedings and investigation 02:09
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A press conference was held at the TASS press centre in Yekaterinburg on Tuesday to discuss the response of the Prosecutor General’s Office in the case of the Dyatlov Pass, 60 years after a group of hikers were found dead in the Ural Mountains under unclear circumstances.

Lawyer Yevgeny Chernousov, Director of the Sverdlovsk regional public foundation “In Memory of the Dyatlov Group” Yuri Kuntsevich, and Igor Dyatlov’s sister Tatyana Perminova insisted that “the central apparatus of the Investigative Committee of Russia institute criminal proceedings and conduct an investigation,” as well as “stop further actions: stop opening graves and stop the destruction of material evidence."

Igor Dyatlov’s sister appeared in public for the first time. She noted that relatives of the victims “would like to finally put an end to it” so that everyone could calm down.

As journalists previously reported, the lawyer of the Dyatlov group’s public memory fund conveyed to the UK a request from the fund to resume the investigation into the tragedy at the pass, and the initiative was supported by the relatives of all the victims. In 1959, investigators and forensic prosecutors investigated an unregistered criminal case that was not registered with a serial number.

On January 23, 1959, a group of nine students of the Ural Polytechnic Institute headed by Igor Dyatlov set off on a hike through the northern Ural Mountains.

A Soviet criminal probe had found their tent in a remote area in the Urals, which had been cut open from the inside by a sharp object, with all belongings, including shoes, left inside and intact.

The investigators later discovered the students' bodies, with several having suffered serious head wounds. It has never been established what forced the hikers to flee from their camping spot.

Medical tests conducted at the time showed that six of the group died of hypothermia, the rest of other injuries.

For 60 years there has been speculation on what exactly happened in Dyatlov Pass, with some suggesting an alien attack could be the explanation, some talking about secret nuclear tests.

However, the investigators have excluded all paranormal theories, and are currently considering three possible hypotheses: avalanche, hurricane, and what is called “snow board”, a layer of fine-grained snow consisting of crystals densely packed by wind moving and destroying the tents and injuring the people.

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