- CASE FILES
Questioning the witness
On April 18, 1959, the prosecutor-criminalist of the investigative department of the regional prosecutor's office, Justice Adviser Romanov of this day in the Prosecutor's Office questioned
As a witness with observance of Art. Art. 162-168 Code of Criminal Procedure of the RSFSR
1. Surname, I. Tempalov Vasily Ivanovich
2. Year of birth 1921 рожд. 3. Place of birth Sverdlovsk region, N. Salda city
4. Nationality Russian.
5. Party Party, member. CPSU since 1945
6. Education Higher, graduated from the Sverdlovsk Jurist Institute in 1953.
7. Occupation: a) at the time of the testimony: the prosecutor of the city of Ivdel.
b) at the time to which the readings refer: the same.
8. Previous conviction: we do not judge by words.
9. Permanent residence: the city of Ivdel, ul. K.Libknekhta, house number 20.
10 Passport: does not belong to you.
11. What is the relationship with the accused: -
On the responsibility for the first part of Art. 92 In the RSFSR for refusing to testify and under Art. 95 Criminal Code of the FSFSR for deliberately giving false testimony warned
The witness showed: I clarify the essence of the questions asked.
February 21, 1959 from the Secretary of the Ivdelsky CC CPSU Comrade. Prodanova I learned that a group of nine tourists did not return from a trip to Sverdlovsk to the Polytechnic Institute. I took measures to clarify where the students were moving tourists and sent, with the support of the workers of the CPSU Central Committee, Mr. Grigory on a helicopter to search for students. In order that he found traces of tourists and tourists themselves and determined the direction of their movement. Comrade. The decrepit knows very well the territory of the Ivdelsky district. For two days he flew by helicopter towards the north of Ivdel. He explained to me that a group of tourists passed through the village of Vizhay, yurt of Bakhtiyarov, which are located several dozen kilometers from the village. See it. He could not find the traces of tourists himself. Soon workers from the Polytechnic Institute arrived from Sverdlovsk. I set before them the task of immediately organizing search units and starting the search for students. I learned from these workers that the final point where students should reach is Mount Oorten in the Northern Urals. I instructed one search party in the number of five people to send to Mount Oorten, another detachment several
south of this mountain, and another detachment to send to the mountains south of the town of Oorten 20-25 km, meaning to organize searches in the mountains of the Northern Urals at a distance of 30-35 km. And it was done. I instructed the workers of the institute and instructed that if they found out anything about finding students in any place, immediately inform me. February 27, 1959 I was informed that one body on the mountain was discovered. 1079 and found a tent of students of tourists. I immediately flew by helicopter to a height of 1079. Where at the same altitude were discovered three more bodies, and only four, later was found and the fifth body. The remaining 4 students can not be found until the present, since in the mountains there is very large and thick snow. But the searches are being carried out actively and at the present time. I was photographed by bodies, compiled the report of the scene of the incident, picked up bodies from their seats to the helipad. On the radio, he demanded that experienced experts from the Sverdlovsk region be sent medical experts to open the bodies.
On 28.02.59, in the presence of witnesses, I saw a tent of tourists, which was located from the ridge of the spur of height 1079 - 150 meters. Inspection of the tent showed me that there are all the personal belongings of the students.
The tent was stretched on skis and sticks, hammered in the snow, its entrance was turned to the south, and on this side the stretches were intact, and the stretches of the tent on the north side were torn off and the whole second half of the tent was covered with snow. The tent had an ice ax, an extra pair of skis. On the tent was a Chinese lantern in the unlit state. 9 backpacks, 9 pairs of skis were found in the tent, all of them were under the tent floor, 8 pairs of boots, 3.5 pairs of boots, quilted jackets and many biscuits, half a sack of sugar, a large number of concentrates, cereals, soups, etc. , cocoa, axes, saw, cameras, students diaries, documents and money. At first glance, the tent was covered with snow. It was installed on a platform leveled by the students dug out. A tent with a windy side was torn in the middle part. The bottom of the tent was covered with padded jackets, backpacks and personal belongings of students. In the right corner, near the entrance there was a part of the products: cans of condensed milk, 100 grams of sliced fat, biscuits, sugar, a flask empty from alcohol or vodka, the smell was felt, just like a jar with a drink (poured?) Cooked cocoa was diluted with water and naturally froze, a large knife was found near the fat of a sliced me
- Continuation of questioning -
I installed the knife belonged to the students. I got the impression that the students drank vodka and had a snack. Boots there were in the tent and put near the feet of the students so it seemed to me, immediately there were 7 pieces of felt boots. In the case in the middle of the tent a stove was found. And many other personal belongings of students and public equipment, there were buckets, axes, mugs, cups in the tent. At the top of the tent, a Chinese flashlight was found, which was closer to the entrance, near the exit from the tent I found a trace of the fact that one of the students had recovered easily. This track is old. Without me no one came to the tent and the tracks near the tent were not ours. I have not found any signs of struggle in the tent. If there was any struggle, it would be natural, something would be installed by me. From this point of view, I carefully searched and inspected the tent, but there were no signs of struggle, at least it did not say anything. The tent was located on the slope of the mountain. Descent from the tent is steep and on the nast (dense snow). The descent is 2.5 km. There is no forest on the slope of the mountain, except for rare birches closer to the river. This descent, where there are essentially frequent winds.
At the bottom of the tent 50-60 from us on the slope, I found 8 pairs of traces of people that were carefully examined, but they were deformed due to winds and temperature fluctuations. I failed to establish the ninth track and it was not there. Traces I photographed. They walked down from the tent. Traces showed me that people were walking a normal step down the mountain. Traces were visible only on the 50 meter section, there were no further them since the lower the mountain the more snow. At the bottom of the mountain flows a river up to 70 cm deep, as if from a ravine in which the depth of snow in places reaches 2 to 6 meters thick.
Where there were traces in that direction were strictly found and found five bodies of frozen students. Describe the location of the bodies of students is inappropriate, this can be seen from the protocol of inspection of the scene.
From documents, diaries of students, records of the latter it is clear to me that the students died on February 1 or 2, 1959. From a number of testimonies of witnesses it is clear to me that these days in the mountains and not only in the mountains there was a strong wind and it was very cold. Based on the discovered bodies (in the number of five people), the situation in which they were to me it becomes clear that all the students were frozen, the attack on them is excluded. It's my personal opinion. The final opinion can only develop after the discovery and inspection of all other students, i.e. 4 more people. All students could leave their tent only because in the strong wind someone of them at the time when he left the tent blew the wind and this man raised a cry. The student was frightened, rushed out of the tent and were blown away from her by the wind, but with (...?) -windra they could not get into the tent again. And they froze. Of course, such a conclusion can only be made on the basis of the five bodies of students found. What is the cause of the death of the other 4 students I do not know, because bodies have not been found yet. If these 4 students die due to freezing, the above version will be correct.
Recorded correctly, with your own hand.
V. Tempalov (signature)
Interrogated ... (signed)