There is some evidence that members of the Dyatlov group were in a deranged state when they left the tent. The idea first came to Lev Ivanov’s mind when he was conducting his investigation back in 1959. Many years later when retired in Kazakhstan he made a statement that the UFO was responsible for the tragedy. But his very first version was murder yet not an ordinary one. He suggested that something or somebody first affected their minds and than physically destroyed some of them.
He told about it to Vladislav Bienko, 77, (same age with Dyatlov) who now lives in Minsk. Below is Bienko’s statement given recently to the Komsmolskaya Pravda newspaper. What is very ineresting in this interview is that Ivanov was on friendly terms with Bienko and thus shared his real thoughts with him.
Bienko fairly remembers the winter of 1959 and all of the group members because he was supposed to go with them to that expedition to Otorten. Three days before the expedition Bienko was forbidden to participate by the University Komsomol Organization. The reason was his previous skipping obligatory work for students. He was sent to work instead of going with his friends.
“There was nothing I could do about it, “he said,” All my provision and equipment I gave to Zolotarev who replaced me”
“We know that you personally have worked with the investigator Ivanov?”
– The prosecutor criminologist Lev Nikitich Ivanov was young, intelligent and honest. Once the first news of the tragedy arrived, he involved me with his work. While he had to be present on the scene, he sent to me the first photographic film from the camera of Yuri Krivonischenko. I was in Sverdlovsk. The film had to be developed urgently, so I developed it that very night at my apartment and printed photos of the last day of the group. Truth be told, in my heist I poorly washed paper and the photos now got yellowish.
– Amazing! Why Ivanov has entrusted the film to you, the student, rather than to any forensic expert?
– I do not know. Perhaps he trusted me. And secondly, he was keen to see ASAP-what was there, in the photos? Maybe their departmental lab was not working due to the weekend. Also Ivanov asked me to look through some newspaper articles about UFOs before his departure to the scene. Such reports have appeared in some newspapers of the northern district of Sverdlovsk region, including the major newspaper “Tagil Worker”. Later, when Ivanov returned to Sverdlovsk, he requested additional information from police stations and meteorological services about possible UFO observations in the period close to 1 February 1959. But no one could explain. Ivanov even wrote to the Ministry of Defence of the USSR: are those bright flying spheres, which so many people have eyewitnessed, have anything to do with military or space rocket, or even with any aircraft?
He sent the request and did not expect an answer. But the answer came quickly, in just a couple of weeks, which surprised Ivanov a lot. He was informed that no launches of the missiles in the area was carried out. It is possible that it was exactly so, because witnesses say that they saw bright spheres above the horizon, which means that even if the was a rocket, it flew far away from the scene of the tragedy. Had it been in the Northern Urals, then the phenomenon would have been visible in meridian. Ivanov questioned Mansi as well if they had seen something unusual? He collected all the possible information. And he tried to understand what was the reason? He was convinced till the end that the guys left the tent deliberately and in good health, except for the mind. That is to say, they were physically fine but off their heads. But what was the cause of this insanity remained a mystery for Ivanov. Apparently, it is only in the forest when their the ability to think sensibly returned to them. They tried to go back into the tent, but it was too late – the wind and frost destroyed them.
– So what was his version at that time?
– When Ivanov returned from the scene of the tragedy, he told me that if he was superstitious, he would believe in devilry (чертовщина which means involvement of the infernal). What happened with the guys could not be result of natural processes. The slope where there was a tent is impossible to call steep. Only the mentally sick could imagine an avalanche there…
After Ivanov visited the spot where the last four bodies were found, and came back, I did not recognize him. From an energetic acumen and socialable person, he turned into a depressed, indifferent. He seemed to have aged for ten years. In responce to my questions, he only said, “You know, Slava, it seems to me that there were two impacts of the elemental forces unknown to us: first – it was a mental impact bs it kicked them out of the tent just out of the blue, and the second – the physical impact that destroyed the three who went away from the main group”.
– Perhaps, Ivanov learned something that was a state secret?
– I can not say.
Lately I stumble on yet another one evidence of the idea that the students were in a strange state. It was an oinion of a modern coroner Eduard Tumanov who was given their autposy reports for analysing. Tumanov said that the burn of the 3d degree observed at Yuri Krivonischenko’s leg couldn’t have been the result of his attempt to fight the freezing of his limbs by the fire. To get his leg burn to such a degree (charring) one would have been not feeling pain due to some intoxication, like on a drug, he said. (Given that it was not a post-mortem burn).
Interestingly, that Mikhail Serdyuk, who represents the Khanty-Mansi federal subject in Russian Parliament suggested that students were given something to drink or eat by the Mansi when their encounter took place. The hunters could advise them to consume it in order to infuse themselves with strength.
What do you think?
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