One of the political bigwigs to report on the investigation directly to Khrushchev was the first secretary of the Sverdlovsk Regional Party, Andrei Pavlovich Kirilenko. In the future, he would become a member of the Politburo and secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. In the 1950’s, Kirilenko had been in charge of the Dnepropetrovsk and the Sverdlovsk regions, two of the main forges for the Cold War.
Following the discovery of the second group of four, Kirilenko called in the investigator, Korotayev, to the Regional Committee and clearly explained to him that Khrushchev was informed that the tourists died of hypothermia. The case needs to be closed.
Korotayev was suddenly removed from the investigation after this visit. In twenty days, on May 28, 1959, Lev Ivanov ordered the dismissal of the case and shortly was promoted to the Prosecutor of the Kustanai region. The investigation was wrapped up with a casuistic wording:
“The cause of the deaths of the tourists was an elemental force that they were in no state to overcome.”
All those present at the pass during the search signed a non-disclosure of information for 25 years form. The area of Kholat-Syakhyl and Otorten was roped off from the public for 3 years.