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Again, the short answer is: The radiation was superficial and this fact has been known for some time. It is generally irresponsible journalism that has exaggerated the importance of this aspect of the Dyatlov Pass case.
“The radiation referred to has been identified as beta-radiation with the characteristics of isotope K-40. This is very weak contamination and certainly superficial.”
According to various experts the radiation was minor surface contamination and probably from Lyudmila Dubanina’s coat. It was probably from a laboratory environment (Radium, Radon and Potassium) and not from any recent weapons use. A point has been made that prior to the moratorium on atomic weapons testing a fair number of detonations had been carried out in Russia and in other parts of the world. Again, it was not uncommon that small amounts of “fall-out” might be spread far and wide.
Investigators first explored the theory that the local Mansi people had killed the skiers in revenge for trespassing on their land. No evidence, however, was found to back up the theory; Neither Otorten nor Kholat-Syakhl were considered sacred or taboo places by the Mansi, case documents said.
Further debunking the theory, a doctor who examined the bodies in 1959 said he believed that no man could have inflicted the injuries because the force of the blows had been too strong and no soft tissue had been damaged,
“It was equal to the effect of a car crash,” said the doctor, Boris Vozrozhdenny, according to case documents.
Yudin said he also thought an explosion had killed his friends. He said the level of secrecy surrounding the incident suggests that the group might have inadvertently entered a secret military testing ground. He said the radiation on the clothes supported his theory.
Kuntsevich agreed, saying another clue to the deaths was the fact that the faces of the first five bodies had been inexplicably tan. “I attended the funerals of the first five victims and remember that their faces look liked they had a deep brown tan,” he said.
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Something had to of scared this poor soul so horribly that he destroyed his hands trying to climb a tree. To me that is unreasonable. Most smart people trying to flee something will only try an escape route once or twice before there mind says give up on this, try another way out? That being said I truly believe that there was some kind of other influence that killed these people. Personally when I am sitting in a tent camping and I have been spooked "which I have on several occasions" never once have I thought to rip through the side of my tent. I can't honestly say what I believe happened because I don't know. I know this is one of the most bizarre incidents I have ever looked into and wanted to continue. It is frustrating not having more information. We look at the government test, aliens, almas, to the local tribe that inhabited the mountain. Why were they buried in the specific coffins they were in? Hides radiation. What caused that? Government or Aliens.. I don't honestly know how to spot this situation other than it must have been one of the most horrifying nights on earth. I am sorry I am no use. If I had to peg this as something it would be other worldly maybe even pure malevolence. Maybe this could be the largest case of human mutilations we have ever seen and just don't know it. I am sure you have found by now nothing is making sense when looking into this. Not a damn thing. I just can't rap my mind around all of the information and what is vrais vs what is faux.edit on 26-12-2013 by VoidWalker because: (no reason given)
“I was 12 at that time, but I do remember the deep resonance that the accident had with the public, despite the authorities’ efforts to keep relatives and investigators silent,” said Yury Kuntsevich, head of the Yekaterinburg-based Dyatlov Foundation, which is trying to unravel the mystery.
However this does not explain how the Russians knew to show up with a gieger counter to search for the bodies. Somehow they apparently knew that the clothing on one of the missing people was radioactive.
Nikolay Thibeaux Brignolle was well protected against coldness of Siberian winter. It was suggested that him and Zolotarev might have been outside of the tent at the time mysterious threat struck them. This explain why both tourists wore shoes and were covered by several layers of clothes. Both men were much better prepared than the rest of the group when they were forced to abandon their tent.
We should probably add that snapped neck and blow behind the ear is a common sign of killing performed by special forces. However we can't be sure about this since the autopsy report didn't specify any more details about the body.
Why did Zolotarev left the tent with the camera and why did he take two cameras to the trip?
We should add that this camera became a complete surprise to Yury Yudin. He assumed the group had only four cameras that were found in the tent.
It was fairly clear that the guy didn't die from the coldness. On the contrary the den was pretty warm place for him. His lower part of the body was protected by underwear, two pairs of pants and a pair of skiing pants.
3)They had to cut out the side to sneak out so someone would not see them come out the front.