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Mr Zverev said he survived for 20 days by sleeping in a cave covered in tree branches.
A joint Sino-Russian search team found the second survivor, Andrei Pautov, about 10 hours after Mr Zverev was picked up.
A search for the tourists was launched after they failed to meet their Chinese interpreter on 2 September after beginning their trip in mid-August.
The Yurungkax River flows north from the Kunlun mountains through steep gorges before drying up in the Taklamakan Desert.