Sixty years after the mysterious death of the Dyatlov group in the mountains of the Northern Urals, a team from the Ruptly news agency return to the site of the tragedy. We follow employees from the Prosecutor's Office, who are investigating the pass to establish what happened to the travellers at height 1079. On the way we film each stage of the Dyatlov route, talk to local residents who were charged with murdering the members of the group, and follow the investigation team as they carry out their fact-finding mission.
The project is based on the journal of the Dyatlov group, as well as criminal case materials, photos taken by the group during and shortly before the hike, and exclusive footage, shot by our operator during the trip to the pass.
We discuss the causes of the tragedy with an expert, V.N. Sungorkin, who has dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the mission. He is a leading specialist on the history of the Dyatlov Group, an experienced ski-tourist, and editor-in-chief of the newspaper «Komsomolskaya Pravda».
The mysterious nature of the fatal injuries sustained by the group is addressed by E. V. Tumanov, Associate Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Pirogov Russian National University of Medical Sciences, co-author of the National Manual of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Medical Expertise, Candidate of Medical Sciences.
The journal of the Dyatlov group cuts off on February 1st, 1959. We invite you to choose your own version of the final page of this journal from a number of different theories. If you think none of these reveal the true essence of the incident, you can write this page yourself.
Both experts took an active part in the investigation, have thoroughly studied all the materials of the criminal case, and visited the pass on numerous occasions.
If you are a member of the press, a researcher or a blogger, and you have your own view on the story, you can contact us to purchase all the video footage we filmed (much of which is not included in the project due to its size) for use in your work by phone at +49 30 3198 72 300 and write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos provided by the Dyatlov Group Memory Foundation.