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Ruptly releases digital activation investigating the Russian 'Dyatlov Pass' incident

By Olivia Atkins, Branded Content Writer

September 12, 2019 | 2 min read

You may remember the Dyatlov Pass incident of 1959, in which a group of nine skiers/hikers died mysteriously in Russian Ural Mountains. To mark the incident's 60th anniversary, Ruptly has created an immersive digital experience, 'Dyatlov’s group journal: The last page', allowing the public to predict what happened to the trekkers.

Although an investigation was undertaken, a conclusive understanding of their last moments was never fully pieced together with some believing that the group had been attacked by an unknown force, as theories of animal attacks, hypothermia, avalanches, katabatic winds, infrasound-induced panic or military involvement circulated.

Ruptly has reimagined the Dyatlov expedition, stitching together exclusive footage of the area taken today, as well as interviews with experts on the case, materials from the criminal case, archival documents and photographs - allowing attendants to work out how these deaths came about.

The experience also includes interviews with Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper editor-in-chief, Vladimir Nikolaevich Sungorkin; Eduard Tumanov, Associate Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Pirogov Russian National University of Medical Sciences and co-author of the National Manual of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Medical Expertise, Candidate of Medical Sciences; and various local residents.

Based on the real diary of Dyatlov's group, the experience weaves these interviews into the narrative to highlight how the story has taken on a mythical status, visiting the travellers' last sleeping quarters and the locations where their bodies were found. The diary of the Dyatlov group cut off on February 1, 1959.

The aim of the project is to draw attention to the ongoing investigation, stop speculation about the tragedy and finally write the closing chapter on this incident.

Ruptly has released a Telegram-Bot link with information to the criminal case as well as an Instagram page with the group's journals and pictures.

It is hoped that this activation will encourage researchers and journalists to come forward with any information that they may have, to expand the report they currently have on file.

The full digital experience can be accessed here; with Instagram pics here.


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