The photo above is showing Ural Polytechnic Institute, a photo recovered from Dyatlov hikers camera.
Smoke from heating coal is filling up the sky.
The mood in UPI is foreboding.
The awareness that Dyatlov group was missing was marked by three incidents – only the first links of a long chain of misunderstandings and coincidences which we don’t call cover up.
At least not yet.
There was confusion.
By February 21 UPI was buzzing like a hornets nest.
Hikers families were worried sick and demanded search operations to start immediately.
Students were bursting with desire to help their friends.
The head of UPI sports club was not answering his phone, not because he was busy doing something, but because he was not aware of the situation.
Here are the three facts contributing to the confusion:
- Yudin was supposed to relate the fact that the return date is postponed from 12 to 15 of February. This on its own is not a big delay, but the problem is that he told this to a member of Blinov bureau which on its own is a bad coincidence because Blinov group was in the same region at the same time as Dyatlov group.
- So when UPI sports club chairman Lev Semenovich Gordo said that a telegram came from Vizhay on February 18th informing of group’s delay nobody checked on the fact that this was not from Dyatlov, but Blinov group. Unbelievable, but it’s a fact. There are many unbelievable facts in this whole case which is still not opened, and we will keep posting till the proceedings in 1959 are discontinued.
- Dyatlov didn’t file a route map. Basically at the time when the search needed a flying start it turn out they didn’t know where to look. The two sides that coincided here were that Dyatlov was headstrong, didn’t like authorities, and perhaps, judging by the place their tent was later on found, he wanted to try a new approach to Mt. Otorten, not the standard one. And he wanted to play it by ear, something that won’t be approved if filed. If you file a plan you need to follow it. The second fact is that the UPI sports club administration actually allowed the group to go without all the required documents for the trip.
The necessary information began to be feverishly reconstructed from the stories of people who heard about the plans of Dyatlov group.
The problem with the missing map was resolved by a member of another Politech sport club - Ignaty Fokich Ryagin, a friend of the Kolevatov family, who discussed extensively with Alexander the forthcoming trek in mid January.
Ryagin recalled the route of the group from memory and on February 19 Rimma handed over the map to Colonel Georgy Ortyukov, a tactics instructor from the UPI military department, who led the search for the group in those February days, and subsequently put a lot of effort into clarifying the history of the Dyatlov group.
Kolevatova witness testimony from, , from Dyatlov group case files (page 272)
"... The search of the missing group started with great delay.
The group was supposed to return in Sverdlovsk on February 14-15, on February 12 they were to send a telegram from Vizhay, their final point along the route.
Parents were worried about their children and, of course, they called both the UPI sports club and the city sports club (according to Dubinina and Slobodin's families).
I myself called the institute only on February 17, 3 days after the expected return date.
I couldn't get hold of UPI sports club chairman Gordo, all my attempts to get through to him were futile.
I then called the city sports club Comrade Ufimtsev.
He assured me that there is nothing to worry about, that the group is delayed for a week and they are on their way back.
A certain fact is indignant and criminal: Gordo informed UPI party committee that a telegram had been received from Vizhay on February 18 reporting a delay of the group.
Secretary of the UPI party committee Comrade Zaostrovsky F.P. did not check on Gordo's report and did not inform the Director of UPI Comrade Syunov N.S., about the incident.
The Director learned about the missing group only after he was phoned by Comrade Pedchenko E.P. from the city party committee (I myself had to go to the city committee with a request to take measures to initiate search of the missing group).
There was a telegram though, but from a different group that was in the same area (Blinov's group), so the institute's directorate was not informed about the negligence.
The search began only at the insistence of the parents of tourists.
When the Polytechnic Institute began organizing the search, it turned out that the sports club did not have a route map which the hikers were supposed to follow in their trek, that is a scheme printed over a map.
The deputy chairman of the UPI sports club, Comrade Milman, learned from third parties that I had a map with the route before the group went on their hike, and called my sister Nina Sergeevna Anisimova with a request to provide the map to be used in the search.
But my brother Alexander took this map with him on the trek.
A map was given to to this brother (Comrade Milman) by Ignaty Fokich Ryagin, deputy head of the trust Gipromedrud (if I'm not mistaken in the name), friend of ours.
He knew about the trek because we (me and my brother) talked with him about the forthcoming trek.
After the call from the UPI sports club at our request I.F. Ryagin restored from memory the route and drew it on a map, which I personally passed on February 19 to Colonel Ortyukov (who was the first one to fly to find the group).
The above fact testifies to the utter indifference and lack of control on behalf of those responsible for organizing the campaign and launching the search groups..."
Organization of the Search, from Dyatlov group case files (page 36)
Organization of the Search
Return date of Dyatlov group, registered in Sverdlovsk, was 12.02.59.
When Yudin decided to go back due to illness, Dyatlov asked him to relate (without specifying exactly to whom) that the control date is postponed to 15.02.59.
On the postponement of the deadline Yudin reported privately to a certain UPI student, in particular member of Blinov bureau.
12.02, when the deadline expired, the GK did not know about the delay to 15.02, and the sports club UPI did not have any deadlines at all because the group took the documentation with them.
Until 16.02, no one was concerned about Dyatlov group.
16.02 Blinov rang to GK FK and sports club and understood that there is no telegram from Dyatlov group.
17.02 rang again 18.02 GK FK and sports club called Vinsay (Vizhay, red) 19.02 – received an answer that Dyatlov group hasn't turned up.
20.02 – it was decided to send to Ivdel Blinov and the chairman of the UPI sports club comrade Gordo.
21.02 they flew to Ivdel with a special flight and began circling above the hiking area.
Ivdel hotel where search teams stayed in 1959.
UPI sports club called a meeting, and the other expedition groups in the region were informed that there might be a problem with Dyatlov group.
Search parties were formed that including the hikers from treks that had recently returned.
The groups led by Sergey Sogrin, Yuri Blinov, and Vladislav Karelin all received telegrams telling them to stop and wait for reinforcements.
More teams from the university were dispatched to help with the search.
One team was led by Boris Slobtsov, a student at the UPI, another by Oleg Grebennik, also a UPI student, and the third by Moses Axelrod, an experienced climber.
Under the command of Captain Alexey Chernyshov, a fourth fresh group comprising military personnel was dispatched.
Some local Mansi people were also asked to help.
The first search team loads into helicopter in Ivdel. 1959