When asked, the Mansi would mumble about evil spirits and of gates to another world*The Mansi almost idolized the military troops that settled right on its threshold; the chief of the radar site was occasionally invited to baptize their children..
A resident of Ushma, Nikolai Anyamov (one of those who discovered the skiers’ tent) even said thus to the military, “the students somehow upset the spirits, and they sought revenge.”
Finally, something took revenge upon the soldiers as well. Three privates went insane and were discharged after they met themselves coming up a hill.
The ill-fated radar site was closed in 1985.
And this was just another record in the murky history of Chistop. Gennadi Patrushev crashed his plane here in 1961. Twenty years before the Dyatlov incident, a whole NKVD squad of forty people*There is also a fabled account about a large German landing party parachuted in winter of 1942/43 in the taiga region of Krasnoturinsk (an aluminum factory was just beginning to operate there). Supposedly, out of several dozen troopers, only three came out of the woods in late spring, and even they went insane. allegedly disappeared in the area of the mountain range in 1939. The squad had been detached for search for the Golden Lady, the fabled idol of the Great Mother-Goddess of the Ostyaks, the Voguls and the Samoyads.
There is some historical evidence to back up the latter account. In the 1930’s, Soviet occultist Alexander Vasilyevich Barchenko actually led several expeditions in search for the idol in the Ural Mountains. The research was commissioned by a special occult department in the OGPU/NKVD*somewhat similar to the Nazi Ahnenerbe under the Commissar, Gleb Bokiy, one of the founders of the Gulag system. Barchenko and Bokiy were shot in the years 1937-38, while their findings remain classified until this day.