Mysterious Deaths: Who Killed The Nine Russian Hikers on Ural Mountains in 1959?

Mysterious Deaths: Who Killed The Nine Russian Hikers on Ural Mountains in 1959?

The most shocking angle to this mysterious death of the nine hikers was that the investigators found no signs of struggle and there was completely no external wounds. These final four dead bodies were dressed in the clothes of some of the others earlier found but the clothes had very high levels of radiation.

In 1959, February 2, nine Russian hikers were found dead in the Ural Mountains. To this very day, nobody has ever known what exactly happened to cause the demise these fine Russian hikers. This has since remained one of the most mysterious and unexplained deaths in human history. The story goes that on January 28 1959, 10 students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute went for an adventurous winter hiking. One of them, by some stroke of good luck fell suddenly ill en route the hiking expedition and was left behind to recover in  a mountain settlement as nine went a head with the planned hiking expedition but were never seen alive again.

The Mystery of missing tongues and no external Injuries

The resultant investigations of their death has still remained a frightening mystery. The only remains associated with these nine young Russians were their abandoned tent which was strangely ripped open from the inside and was partly buried in the snow, with some shoes and belongings of the students still inside. Two bodies were discovered at the edge of the forest, barefoot and dressed only in their underwear. The second set of  three dead bodies were found not far from the first two found at the edge of the forest, also in pants and bare footed. When further search was conducted 2 months later, the remaining 4 bodies were found not so far from the earlier bodies recovered. The only difference was that the last four bodies were buried in snow about 75 meters away.On examination, it was found out that the last four bodies had serious internal injuries, broken ribs and crushed skulls while at least one female had her tongue chopped off and was missing. The most shocking angle to this mysterious death of the nine hikers was that the investigators found no signs of struggle and there was completely no external wounds. These final four dead bodies were dressed in the clothes of some of the others earlier found but the clothes had very high levels of radiation.

Theories proposed to explain the mystery deaths

Many theories have since been put forward to explain the mysterious death. Some people think an avalanche killed the hikers, but why would an avalanche remove the clothes and shoes of the victims? Others have since suggested that aliens could have killed the hikers but this has not been easy to verify either. However, the secrecy with which the Russian government handled the case has led many to believe they could have had a hand in the death of the 9 hikers in 1959 because this matter was immediately sealed off until 1990 when it was reopened again.

Russian Government suspected

 Its now strongly believed that the hikers where probably victims of Russian secret military test. Advocates of this school of thought link the role of the military test to the heavy radiation on the clothing of the last four victims found buried away in the snow. Secondly, there were reports to the effect that bright orange spheres had been spotted in the sky that night by other hikers. The Russian government has never owned up to these mysterious deaths to this day making this one of the most unexplained happenings of our time.

 

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neopisiva, posted this comment on May 1st, 2011

Very old story, but always a curious topic.
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Thanks!

SharifaMcFarlane, posted this comment on May 1st, 2011

These people lost their lives. Hopefully one day the truth will come out.

jennifer eiffel01, posted this comment on May 1st, 2011

Fascinating story. I did not know it because I was not born until 1971….

Minister Marlene, posted this comment on May 1st, 2011

Awful and we have to wonder about it.There are many unexplained deaths and kidnappings. Good report here. I never heard this story.

Starpisces, posted this comment on May 2nd, 2011

sad to know people killed just like that, what a waste of lives…
sigh…
good share as always, Gaby.

Christine Ramsay, posted this comment on May 2nd, 2011

Gosh. It sounds so strange as if external forces were at work. A great post.

Francois Hagnere, posted this comment on May 2nd, 2011

Terrible story. Very interesting piece, as usual, thank you Gaby!

yes me, posted this comment on May 3rd, 2011

cheers

Cherri P, posted this comment on Sep 29th, 2011

saw this story last night (9-29-2011) on the history channel. Had never heard it. It was interesting to say the least.

Dan OLson, posted this comment on Dec 22nd, 2011

IT was UFOs . I am 100 % sure – creepy.

Janet Deer, posted this comment on Apr 17th, 2012

Another hypothesis suggested is avalanche. That would explain much. The roar waking them in the middle of the night, the panic and cutting the tent, running away half-dressed, the bodies with avalanche consistent injuries buried under snow in a low spot, broken tree limbs, the strange pattern and/or absence of footprints for some of the victims, the survivors climbing trees, scavenging clothes off the bodies of the dead, the difficulty in returning to their camp, and the condition of the tent, etc.

And the radioactivity has been described as “minute” and on only two of the men. This can be explained by the use of a type of lantern common in the ’50s that often left small traces of radiation on the clothes and belongings of those who used them. (The team may not have had one of those lanterns for this last trek, but since all were experienced hikers and skiers, odds are that the contamination could have happened at an earlier date/trip.) Remember, minute amounts of radiation do not cause radiation sickness (even if causing cancer, etc, later), and in classic radiation sickness, the onset of the symptoms, except of a sunburn-like redness of the skin, doesn’t develop until days later.

The discolored corpses can be explained by the remains being exposed to frost and sunlight. The bodies were not found and retrieved for days and in some cases weeks.

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