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The Dyatlov UFO Incident

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A Case of Predatory UFO Mass Murder

In Russia’s Ural Mountains – 1959

By Robert D. Morningstar

(Copyright 2014, R.D. Morningstar – All Rights Reserved)



The Victims

The 9 Victims of a UFO Mass Murder

Igor Dyatlev (center) and the 9 Members of his Ural Mountain Expedition 

This article is based on the video book documentary made by D. Romahlko in tribute to 

Dyatlov Ural Mountain Expedition – February 2nd 1959


This article presents the story of the Dyatlov Ural Mountain Expedition of 1959 during which all 9 members of the expedition died under the most mysterious of circumstances, with  of the 9 victims suffering harrowing inuries that could not be explained satisfactorily or attributable to natural causes.  Based on the video linked below (“The Dyatlov Inceidend – Mountain of the Dead”, compiled by D. Romahlko), this article will detail the very compelling story of the tragic loss of the Dyatlov Expedition to Kholat Syaskhl,  a region called “The Mountain of the Dead”.

Nine adult hikers were lost and all later found dead under extremely mysterious circumstances, including independent UFO eyewitnesses who saw lights maneuvering in the area around the time the hikers were lost.

This documentary is very unusual, being a tribute to the memory of the Dyatlov Ural Mountain expedition and, most importantly, based on official government documents, investigation findings, notes and photos from Yuri Gagarin’s UFO files and his collection of photos, investigative reports, with diary notes and the last picture taken by a member of the party, along with infomation from the KGB’s “Alien Races Book.”   

Editor’s note:

The “Alien Races Book was one of 2 briefing books alluded to several years ago by then President Dimitri Medvedev in an off-the-cuff remark to a post-press conference question from a reporter that was caught on camera.

Colonel Yuri Gagarin, born in Smolensk, was the 1st human in space.  Smolensk is a northwestern Russian city, which lies not far from the Kholat Syalkyl region where the Dyatlev party was lost.  While all of Russia was stunned by the case of the missing hikers, Gagarin took a specail interest in the events surrounding the mysterious and grusome deaths of the 9 hikers near Kholat Syalkyl and Mount Oroten, deep in the Ural Mountain.  

Gagarin’s interest in the mystery of the Dyatlov Expedition was so great that apparently a certain “HIigh Priority” was assigned, either officially or personally, for Gagarin actually took photographs of the Kholat Syakhl region as he overflew it in orbiting the Earth.  The documents and photos revealed in Romahlko’s video book were. released to the investigator/producer (Romajlko). by the family of Yuri Gagarin, and by the official KGB Criminal Prosecutor, Lev Ivanov (in 1991).

At the time  that he made his disclosure, Lev Ivanov stated that he had hidden the UFO presence from the his fianl public report, and that he had removed evidence that clearly showed that UFOs had somehow been involved in the deaths and mutilations of the bodies.  Ivanov admits that the word came down from the highest leels of govermn.

 The photo of Mt. Ortoten taken by Yuri Gagari from orbit is contained in this documentary, which is actually a video book, entitled “The Dyatlov Incident – The Mountain of death,” and is meant to be read on screen.


I found the story of Igor Dyatlov intriguing and the text, derived from the unclassified KGB report leaves no doubt as to the extraterrestrial cause of these UFO murders.

“Danger, Will Robinson! … Danger!”

Beware of UFOs.

This article is based on the personal UFO Files of Soviet Cosmonaut Col. Yuri Gagarin  

and  ”The KGB Alien Races Book” given by the Gagarin Family to memorialize the 

The Dyatlov Incident – The Mountain of Death
By D. Romahlko

Editor’s note:

“я орел”
ya orel

Given below is the official Soviet Medical – Psychological Profile 

of Soviet Colonel Yuri Gagarin – The First Human in Outer Space

Wiki Bio: ->

In August 1960, when Gagarin was one of 20 possible candidates, an Air Force doctor evaluated his personality as follows:[11]

“Modest; embarrasses when his humor gets a little too racy; high degree of intellectual development evident in Yuriy; fantastic memory; distinguishes himself from his colleagues by his sharp and far-ranging sense of attention to his surroundings; a well-developed imagination; quick reactions; persevering, prepares himself painstakingly for his activities and training exercises, handles celestial mechanics and mathematical formulae with ease as well as excels in higher mathematics; does not feel constrained when he has to defend his point of view if he considers himself right; appears that he understands life better than a lot of his friends. — Soviet Air Force Doctor  ”

When Yuri Gagarin reached Earth orbit, he shouted out in elation:


“я орел”

ya orel

​”I am an Eagle.”

Later, during his 108 minute long space flight, as his Vostok I spacecraft flew high over the mountainous region of the Urals known as Kholat Syakhl (Холат-Cяхыл)  Mansi name, meaning Dead Mountain), Gagarin took the photo shown below of the mountain pass where the Dyatlov Incident had occurred shortly before his spaceflight.  The photo enhancement by this writer brings out details not visible in the stark black 7 white original.


Vostok 1 in Orbit

Note below the unique landmarks of the region when seen from outer space.  Note the “Cross-in-a-Circle” shown in the upper right quadrant.

Take note also of the unique mountain tops, which might appear to someone with  ”sharp and far-ranging sense of attention to his surroundings; a well-developed imagination; quick reactions;…  as well as excels in higher mathematics” might consider to be ice-walled enclaves of some intelligent design, with distinct structural features such as the fortress-like double circle that can be seen within the central “footprint.”  

Next (assuming top is North) , we cannot help but see that directly East of the “double walled figure-8 fortress, there appears to be a mountain top with a turret-like formation (set on a plain) that also appears to be topped by a dome.   As we contemplate the local legends of Ural Mountain versions of Sasquatch seen and photographed


The Kholat Syakh Mountain – Dyatlov Pass Photographed by Yuri Gagarin

From Outer Space



Aside from the global propaganda value of the first human space flight, could it be that this photo taken by Yuri Gagarin during the very first human space flight (April 12th 1961), was actually the primary (military) reason for his space flight?

The significance of this photograph cannot be understated when we consider that Yuri Gagarin’s flight in Vostok I lasted for only 1 single orbit of the Earth, enduring for only 1 hour 48 minutes.   Therefore, this writer believes that the short duration of the flight elevates the importance of the photograph in the large scheme of the mission profile, among the many tasks, scientific and military, that were assigned to Yuri Gagarin during that short and historic space flight.

The reader will have to excuse my own “well-developed imagination,” but should I believe my eyes as they tell me that I see a giant “Sasquatch” footprint atop that mountain, on the plateaul-like summited directly North of the “Figure-8 Fortress”?


I ask the reader to consider this:->  If you were a space-faring extraterrestrial, can you think of a more significant group of landmarks to follow to a UFO Landing Zone?

1. The “Cross-in-a-Cirle”  seen in relief to the Northwest;

2. The “Figure-8 Fortress” in the center dominating the region;

3. A Domed Tower to the East;

4. A mountainous plateau with a “Big Foot Print,” recognizable ONLY from outer space or extremely high altitude aircraft (for example, in those days, the U-2 or the SR-71 Blackbird or Corona Satellite).;


The area shown above where this tragedy occurred has since been named Dyatlov Pass (Перевал Дятлова) after the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov (Игорь Дятлов).  Kholat Syakhl is still called “The Mountain of Death” by the local Mansi tribe.


The many mysteries surrounding the disappearance and grusome deaths of the Dyatlov Expedition deepen in Part II as we explore the circumstances of their killing, as we study the forensic evidence released by the KGB investigator in charge in 1990.  We will consider the injuries they suffered while fleeing from, as the KGB report stated, “an elemental force over which they had no control,” as well as the remarkable photos that were found in their cameras months later when their remains were recovered.


Stay tuned to UFO Digest for

The Dyatlov UFO Incident - Part II


For further research:

More details, including latitude/longitude coordinates and maps of the Dyatlov Pass are provided at the link below:


“Flying Saucers – Serious Business”



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