V. G. Karelin witness testimony


Sheet 290

Witness interrogation protocol
April 15, 1959 Prosecutor of the Investigative Department of the Prosecutor's Office of the Sverdlovsk Region. counselor of justice Romanov in the oblast prosecutor's office as a witness of Art. Art. 62-168 Code of Criminal Procedure of the RSFSR
1. Surname, name, patronymic Karelin Vladislav Georgievich
2. Year of birth in 1932. 3. The birthplace of the town of Kamensk-Uralsky, Sverdlovsk Region.
4. Nationality Russian.
5. Party spirit ... Non-partisan
6. Education ... Higher - in 1956 he graduated from physics. Faculty of UPI.
7. Occupation: a) currently - the place of work and position occupied by Jr. Researcher VNIIMT
b) at the time to which the readings refer: the same.
8. Permanent residence (exact address and telephone number) of the mountains. Sverdlovsk, Lenina, 101, apt. 47, service. bodies 2-1 89-07.
9. Passport ... -
11. What is the relationship with the accused -
12 About responsibility .... Warned V. Karelin (signature)

I, Karelin VG, I am a public tourist worker in the Sverdlovsk club of tourists (deputy chairman of the club), I have 1 sports category in tourism.
About the preparation for the campaign of the group Dyatlova, I learned in early January 1959 Dyatlov came to me for a map of the hike area and told me about the route. In addition, through me, Dyatlov took out a paper from the gorkomfizkulta with a request to give leave to one of the comrades working at the plant. I did not know the full composition of the band. Before leaving for the campaign, he knew that Kolmogorov, Doroshenko, Kolevatov, Slobodin had left with Dyatlov. These people in terms of tourist qualifications, according to field experience, fully meet the requirements imposed on the participants of marches of the 3rd class of difficulty. All of them were physically strong, morally stable.
During the preparation period, I met Dyatlov twice in the tourist club, where he came for the approval of the route.
The route of the Dyatlov group seems to me to be a normal "medium" hike because of difficulty could be completely gone in February. This statement is based on personal experience. From February 9 to 24, 1959, I traveled with a group of tourists from Sverdlovsk in the same area as the group of Dyatlov , but 50-60 km to the south, in the hike there was also the third category of difficulty. We made an ascent to Oyko-Chakur, which the Dyatlov group was supposed to climb at the end of the route. We also had bad weather, but it was not an insurmountable obstacle.
With the area of ​​the hike and its peculiarities, the Dyatlov group was familiar, because for -

May 1957 Dyatlov drove in a hike group of tourists UPI in the area where we were today. We took off their note from the top of the mountain Yalking-Nier (Molebny stone). In 1957 together with Dyatlovym Kolmogorov and Thibault Brignol went.
In connection with the death of the group Dyatlov should tell us about the unusual celestial phenomenon, which we observed in our campaign on February 17, 1959 on the watershed ridges of the rivers of the North Toshake and Vizhaem. Around 7:30 am Sverdlovsk time, I was awakened by the cry of the people on duty preparing breakfast: "Guys, look, look, what a strange phenomenon!".
I jumped out of the sleeping bag and out of the tent without shoes in some woolen socks and, standing on the branches, saw a large bright spot. It grew. In the center of it appeared a small star, which also began to increase. All this stain moved from the northeast to the southwest and fell to the ground. Then it disappeared behind the forest and the forest, leaving a bright strip in the sky. This phenomenon produced a different impression on different people: Atmanaki claimed that it seemed to him that now zamlya would explode from a collision with some planet; This phenomenon seemed to Shevkunov "not so terrible", it did not make a special impression on me - the fall of a large meteorite and nothing more. All this phenomenon took place just over a minute.
In search of the group of Dyatlov, our group came from Serov, where we arrived, returning from our trek. In Serov we found out about the trouble in the dining room from an occasional visitor who asked us: "Not from UPI we are." He informed us that some group of tourists from UPI was lost.On the phone we contacted Sverdlovsk and Ivdel and received an order to arrive in Ivdel, where we arrived by train on February 25 at 11 am We were abandoned by helicopter to the tent found on the night of February 27. Leaving our backpacks on the pass where the helicopter landed us, two of us went down to the valley of Lozva to look for a place for the camp, and two with two conductors and two dogs went to n alatka, and then further on the quest.This day, four bodies were found: Kolmogorov, Dyatlov, Krivonischenko and Doroshenko, the latter we first confused with Zolotarev, because the face was covered with snow, and then identified in Doroshenko's fourth body.
The next day the tent of the Dyatlov group was dismantled and three bodies were taken to the pass.
Dogs did not find anything else.
Further searches were conducted with the help of metal feelers. Slobodin was found during a detailed survey of the area where the remaining bodies were located.
On March 10, our group was withdrawn from search operations.
My subjective considerations about the death of the group are as follows.

Breakdown of the tent above the forest boundary is a mistake of the group, its unwillingness to descend into the forest, and then climb back to go to the nast, where movement is greatly facilitated.
After breaking the tent the group began to settle down for the night and prepare a cold dinner. At this time they were frightened by something, they all jumped out of the tent barefoot. Such people as were in the group of Dyatlov, could frighten the most extraordinary phenomenon, which is out of the ordinary. The whistling of the wind, the noise, the heavenly phenomenon, even a single shot could not scare them. Although I can not say and vouch for this for Zolotarev, tk. I do not know him at all. And in general, his appearance in the Dyatlov group seems unnatural to me. Traces of those who escaped from the tent were clearly seen on the slope of the mountain. At first they were about 8-9, then they became fewer and soon they completely disappeared.
Probably people in the dark were confused and not all gathered at the fire. Having made an attempt to build a fire that could not save them because of the small amount of firewood, they decided to make their way to the tent. Positions of Dyatlov , Slobodin and Kolmogorova show that they were going to the tent.
The other four probably were not at the fire or came to him later, when Krivonischenko and Doroshenko were already frozen. To go far these four could not without skis.
The solution of what happened can, perhaps, be explained after finding four people not found.
In conclusion, I would like to note that in principle, only an armed group of at least 10 people could frighten Diatlov's group, although no facts of the presence of strangers were found at the scene of the incident.

The protocol was written by myself, V.Karelin (signature)
Interrogated ... (signature)


Dyatlov Pass: Open Discussion
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