There is, however, some credibility to the rumors about secret trials to be found in the history of the missile development of the “Uralmash” plant, commonly known as the forge of T-34 tanks.
The meteorological rocket MR-12 and the series “Onega” missiles had been made (and, therefore, tested somewhere in Sverdlovsk region) since 1955. The Missiles Division was folded in 1963, which happens to be the same year the area of Otorten was reopened to tourists.
What is not easy to explain within confines of the “military version”, is how a fallen rocket could mutilate people in such a selective and peculiar way. That is not to mention that a missile range implies some measure of infrastructure: roads, barracks, runways and radar sites. There were no traces of anything like these, at least until the late 1970’s, when a radar site on Mount Chistop came about.
Of all the physical evidence, there is only a strange railway line near the village of Polunochnoye that heads straight for a slope; debris of missiles found by Lednyov, a hunter, in the Kholat-Syakhyl region a few years after the Incident; and some old photos of large square clearings in the backwoods.
At least three accounts add up for the “military version”. Search party member Syunikayev’s recount of the bombardment in the early days of the search; Tempalov, Prosecutor of Ivdel (a former artillery officer) who noticed suspicious bomb craters on the opposite slope of Kholat-Syakhyl from helicopter; and the runaround A.P. Kirilenko gave to the next of kin, when he advised them to go get their pensions “from the military”.
Perhaps, the hypothetical military could have left the “extra” things*Three pairs of shoes, two pairs of skis, a soldier’s puttee, an alpinist spur, several sheaths, a pair of glasses and pieces of film strips. found at the scene. From here, only one logical step separates us from the assumption that the “foreign” objects had been dropped on the skiers by their immediate killers.
THE BLACK PROJECTS OF URALMASH