Originally posted by santtu
reply to post by Jumadax
I am afraid the most obvious explanation has been overlooked.
Vodka explains everything.
There's no clear-cut answer which makes this case interesting. This is related to the avalanche theory:
Originally posted by AthlonSavage
When I read this story I thought of cattle/human mutilations. The four with the serious internal injuries were killed by a mysterious force.
Wikipedia now has another theory by A. Rakitin about a secret KGB operation which would explain the radiation, and mentions some circumstantial evidence about an unprecedented level of KGB firings or demotions after the incident.
the character of the group’s injuries is consistent with the impact of a large amount of snow pressing them to the skis that were used as a tent floor, and that this explains why they showed no external bruises or scratches.
It's been so long ago that I'd hope if there were still more secret KGB files on the incident, they could be released by now.
There is a theory by A. Rakitin, according to which several members of the group were secret staff of KGB: Semyon Zolotariov, Alexander Kolevatov and possibly Yuri Krivonischenko.
If by whiteout you mean an intense snowstorm, rescue searchers found footprints which were helpful in the investigation because nobody else's footprints were found ruling out some theories like trouble with the natives, etc. A big snowstorm would have covered up the footprints I think.
Originally posted by spartacus699
a white out and anything under -10 and they'd be in trouble