russian crime


The Dyatlov Pass Incident occurred in the Ural mountains of Russia nearly 60 years ago. 9 experienced hikers were found frozen in the snow with unusual injuries and even more unusual circumstances surrounding their deaths.

A hiking group from the Ural PolyTechnical institute, lead by Igor Dyatlov, were hiking to Ortem, a category three hiking trip(the most difficult) The trip was no worry to the hikers(originally 8 men and 2 women) as they were all experienced hikers and skiers.

Before they set out on what would be the last leg of their journey one of the men, Yuri Yudin, did not feel well and had to leave early. This illness would save his life.

The group of 9 set up camp on the base of the mountain called Kholat Syakhl, also known as “Dead Mountain) in Mansi. It is unknown why they camped on the slope and not down near the forest where they would have more shelter from the elements. By the next morning all the hikers would be dead. Some of the bodies wuld not be found for 3 months.

Here is where their deaths become a mystery. It was determined they froze to death(6) or died of fatal injuries(3) however their bodoes were scattered up to 3000 meters from their tent, which had been cut open from the inside. 

Yuri Krivonischenko and Yuri Doreschenko were found 2000 meters down the hill huddled together with a dead fire. Branches on the tree they were under were broken up to 5 meters high suggesting one of them climbed up the tree. They were both shoe less and only in their underwear. Between the cedar tree and the camp the bodies of Igor Dyatlov,  Zinaida Kolomogorova, and Rustem Slobodin were found in positions suggesting they tried to return to the camp. All of these bodies were found February 26, 1959.

It wasn’t until May 6 that year that the last four hikers would be found dead under 4 meters of snow in a ravine 2075 meters away from the tent. Lyudmilla Dubinina had been found face down in the ravine missing her tongue, lips, and eyes. She had also sustained a major chest fracture along with Zolotaryov, though neither had bruising on their bodies or soft tissue to suggest anything causing the fracture. Thibeaux-Brignolles had also sustained a major skull fracture. The injuries Thibeaux-Brignolles, Zolotaryov, and Dubinina sustained that lead to their deaths were made with a force as strong as a car crash said  Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny when asked.  Those who had died first had relinquished their clothing to the other as Zolotaryov was wearing Dubinina’s faux fur coat.

The nine hikers were the only people on the mountain that night, they had all died within 6-8 hours of their last meal, and they all left the tent by their own accord. Some hikers camping on a mountain a few kilometers away reported seeing strange orange orbs in the sky that night and the last picture on Krioneschenko’s camera showed some blurry orbs. It was also reported that at the funerals for the hikers their bodies held a deep tan, an almost orange one. Ultimately their death was ruled to be caused by an unknown force and may remain a mystery forever. 

Alexander Pichushkin is arguably one of Russia’s worst serial killers, after Andrei Chikatilo. He was dubbed ‘The Chessboard Killer’, as he claimed that he had initially planned to commit 64 murders, one for each of the chessboard checks. After his arrest, he told authorities that there were “three missing checks”, thus admitting to have killed 61.

As a professed Connoisseur of Russian Literature, I can definitively state that the most Authentic way to read Crime & Punishment is in a cold sweat, over a period of 48 hours, without sleeping, desperately hiding the book under desks and other textbooks hoping you won’t be caught reading it in your other classes, blowing off plans with friends and family without admitting that you procrastinated reading this book, in an increasingly mounting state of panic about failing your upcoming timed writing about this book that YOU STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED AND IT’S NEXT PERIOD OH GOD WHY. There are themes in that book that won’t fully emerge unless you do exactly that.

Totally unrelated question: Do you ever just have flashbacks to high school?


Bride Of Chucky Killer
Elena Lobacheva

Between July 2014 and February 2015 in Russia, Elena Lobacheva was the only female in a gang that brutally murdered 15 people, mainly homeless or drunks. Alongside Maxim Pavlov and Vladislav Karatayev, the gang would target the homeless who lived along railways and at 1am to avoid capture. The gang were caught when they tried to film the attempted killing of Prokhor Gorshkov. The man escaped with a stab wound and fled to police.

The killers called themselves “street cleaners” who were on a “crusade” to rid Moscow of vagrants. They met on a “ultra radicals” forum where they shared a love of notorious Russian serial killer, Alexander Pichushkin.

During investigation Elena explained she got a sexual thrill from the murders, “Randomly stabbing the body of a dying human brought me pleasure compared to sexual pleasure”. The media labelled her the Bride Of Chucky killer due to her obsession with the 1998 film and her Chucky tattoo. At her flat were folders labelled “tenderness” and “need this”. These contained graphic images of the victims.

Trials are on going

Things You Are Going To Find In A Dostoyevsky Novel:

-Fainting spells
-Existential crises
-Awkward main characters who can’t do anything
-Lots of crying
-Sickness, literally all the time
-Hysterical women
-Screaming and yelling
-Did I mention hysteria?
-Or crying?

Serial Killer Andrei Chikatilo’s mug shot from 1984. He was arrested on matching the description of the last person with Dmitry Ptashnikov before the boy was murdered.  They suspected him to be the Rostov Ripper but his blood did not match the blood they found at the crime scenes. Chikatilo had 34 victims at this point and would kill 18 more. 

Female Siberian Cannibal
Olesya Mostovschikova

On the 21st of March 2009 in Russia, Olesya Mostovschikova was drinking with her friend Tatiana Romanchuk, when a fight broke out. Mostovschikova grabbed an axe and hacked her friend to death. ‘Then I cut off her ears, gauged out one eye, cut off an arm, and a hand. I took the hand, arm and eye and cooked these body parts in the oven.’ Along with another friend named “Julie”, the pair moved the body into the cellar. Julie reportedly asked for more of the human meat, but this was due to her being threatened that she would also be killed. 

All this took place in front of Olesya’s 7 year old son

The pair were arrested when neighbours found a leg in the bin

Relatable Literature:

Raskolnikov waking up mid afternoon, very grumpy. There is shit lying around all over the floor. He realises he really should clean his room asap. Precisely 7.8 seconds later, he falls asleep again. He is woken by an angry guardian knocking on his door, sternly reminding him that as a human being, he has an obligation to contribute to society. He looks around his room. It’s still not clean. He is grumpy.

this is for @ilgaksu because she had a bad day and we’ve been chatting spy au and she gave me an idea and i want to cheer her up. all those reasons

Running the surveillance van is generally considered the boring job, but Matt doesn’t mind it. He can people watch to some extent, and he has Neil here to keep him company in watching the screens. It’s quiet and requires no acting, which makes it preferable to being in Andrew’s position right now.

On Matt’s screen, Andrew is leaning back in his seat, cards held in one hand and a low glass next to the other. He’s pretending to be a Russian magnate with a taste for the dirtier side of capitalism and also for killing people he doesn’t like. He looks relaxed, swimming with sharks. Probably because he’s the deadliest predator swimming in these waters.

They’re well into the game in there when Neil says something low in a language that definitely isn’t English, and then, “Fuck, fuck, fuck.”

“What?” Matt asks. He’s instantly alarmed, because it takes a lot to make Neil lose his cool – the last time he said something similar, he was bleeding out from a hole in his gut.  

Neil is already on his feet. “I’ve got to go in there.”

Neil is definitely not supposed to go in there. He’s only here in the van because of a concession on Wymack’s part, mostly because they’d all believed he’d find a way to get involved in the worst way possible if he weren’t included in an official role. Things have gotten a lot more complicated since he and Andrew started working together, including the frequency with which Neil gets bullet wounds.

“You can’t,” Matt says. “You’ve got your orders.”

“Do you really think I care?” Neil replies. “Andrew’s about to get his cover blown, and I can’t warn him from here.”

They couldn’t send Andrew in wearing an earpiece because everyone inside was searched for tech, so the only support they could provide was watching like this. “How do you know you won’t get him killed storming in there right now?”

“What would you do if it were Dan? Sit in your ass here in the van, or go?” Neil asks. Matt looks away from the screen to his face, taking in the brutal determination with which he looks back.

Matt and Dan are married, but he suspects mentioning that might not be worth the air he’d waste in the process. Whatever bond it is that Andrew and Neil have, it’s probably just as significant, as close and as unbreakable. He says instead, “Who did you see?”

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“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.” 

‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky