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UFOs in Russia

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Aleksandr Plaksin's Soviet UFO Research

Paul Stonehill

Aleksandr Plaksin is a military geophysicist. He is an interesting individual in Soviet UFO history; he played a prominent role in the secret research conducted by the Soviet military.  R

Amazing Soviet-Era UFO Sightings In & Over Water Bodies

Paul Stonehill

The Russian Ufology Research Center has a collection of "hydrosphere aspect" sightings The secret files of the Soviet Navy contain much valuable information on UFO sightings. Soviet military researchers quite thorough. The files have been largely inaccessible, even after the fall of the USSR. But I was able to collect some interesting information.  R

Chronology of UFO Crashes in the Former Soviet Union

Anton A. Anfalov M.S. & Philip Mantle

A chronological, detailed listing of UFO crashes in the former Soviet Union, with brief descriptions of the cases.

Cosmonaut Shadowed By Structured UFO

'Sightings' TV Program

In April of 1979, Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev lifted off from Star City to dock with the Soviet Solyut 6 space station. But while en route, something strange happened. Cosmonaut Afanasyev saw an unidentified object turn toward his craft and begin tailing it through space.  R

History of State UFO Research in the USSR (Skeptical)

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)

In the mid-1970s various government organizations involved in the study of UFOs stepped up their investigation of the alleged phenomena. As a result, public interest in the topic increased considerably. The UFO debate became a prominent social phenomenon in the country, especially among the scientific and technological intelligentsia.

Important (UFO) Developments in the Former Soviet Union

Nikolai Lebedev

This article contains several different incidents and events related to recent UFO developments in the former Soviet Union. R

Interview with Russian scientists regarding UFOs

Clas Svahn, UFO Sweden

Two Russian scientists, professors Sergey Chernouss and Vladimir Pivovarov, both working with the Polar Geophysical Institute near Murmansk and members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, have also been investigating Russian UFO-raports for several years. In an interview with UFO-Swedens magazine UFO-Aktuellt they describe their work and thoughts about the UFO phenomena.

KGB chief Yuri Andropov ordered 4 million soldiers to keep watching the skies for UFOs

Nick Paton Walsh, The Observer newspaper, U.K. - March 23, 2003

Yuri Andropov, the former Soviet leader and long-time head of the KGB, had an acute personal interest in UFOs and ordered a 13-year programme that required every soldier in the military to monitor sightings over Russian territory, according to new revelations.  R

KGB Unveils UFO Secrets?

Pavel Poluyan, Pravda

The last issues of the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (February 5-12) published a series of five articles under a loud headline “KGB Unveiled UFO Secrets”. These publications are based upon materials of a so-called “blue file” that the KGB once compiled concerning activity of Russian ufologists. However, the newspaper unveiled no secrets at all: the publications mentioned just several instances when UFOs were registered over Soviet military objects. What do these KGB documents testify to? Do extraterrestrials actually exist? Or, is it possible that the truth is more prosaic? Researcher from the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk Pavel Poluyan tells about it.  R

KGB's 'Blue Folder' Reveals Shootings, Landings in USSR

Vadim K. Ilyin, MUFON Journal 2001

With the coming of "glasnost" it became known that the most formidable department of the USSR had been collecting documents concerning UFOs in the so-called "Blue Folder"-KGB documents that were taken off the security list in October 1991 upon the inquiry of Russian cosmonaut Pavel Popovitch. Many copies of such documents are kept in the archival depository of the Russian Geographical Society's Ufological Committee. The fact of UFO existence was more than once confirmed by Soviet military men. UFOs were observed from the ground and from the air, as well as registered on the radar screens.

Multiple Witness Case at Russian Missile Base

Don Berliner, UFO Briefing Document

One of the most interesting cases in the KGB file is a multiple-witness CE-I (Close Encounter of the First Kind) at an army missile base in the district of Kapustin Yar, Astrakhan Region, on the night of July 28-29, 1989. The file is surely incomplete, but still offers an interesting glimpse into the maneuverability of UFOs.  R

Russian Cosmonauts and Generals confirm: UFOs are real

Michael Hesemann

During his lecture at the International UFO Congress in Laughlin/NV on March 6, 2002, Michael Hesemann presented filmed interviews with four Soviet Cosmonauts and four high-ranking Soviet Generals. After he received numerous request for transcripts, here is the translation of their statements.  R

Russian Crash Retrieval Report

Albert Rosales (source: Local Press, V Suhoveeva's testimony, Lenura Azizova)

During reconstruction work in the city of Kiev that was substantially ruined during World War II, construction workers sifting through the ruin's foundations accidentally stumbled upon an extraordinary object at the location where the Kiev conservatory was located. R

Russian General Speaks Out On UFOs

Michael Hesemann

Interview with Major-General Vasily Alexeyev of the Russian Air Force. Space Communications Centre, Moscow, 1997  R

Russian Roswell ?

Nikolay Subbotin, Emil Bachurin, RUFORS (Russian UFO Research Station)

On September 16, 1989 in the sky above a port the Zaostrovka, on fringe of Perm, occured something strange. Many inhabitants, open mouthes, watched unprecedented battle. Six strange silvery devices reminding combined together plates, coursed behind seventh more dark.  R

Russian Scientist: Government Knows About UFO Bases

Baku Sun - Azerbaijan, Aug. 16 2002

The Aug. 1-2 sighting of UFOs over Baku's oil company district, Bayil, as reported by the opposition daily Musavat raised a few eyebrows ? most of them sarcastically. Did it mean that so- called flying saucers run on petrol as well at anti-matter? According to Fuad Gasimov, academician and head of the Seismological Department of the National Aerospace Agency the often-sighted space craft have bases deep in the Caspian, one off the north part of the Absheron Peninsula, the other in the north sector of the Caspian Sea.  R

Russian UFO Encounters

Space 2001

A country with a particularly exciting number of UFO sightings is Russia, and the territories encompassed by the former Soviet Union. Even in the old communist days there was a suprising wealth of interest in the subject, though the official party line always continued to be dismissive on the matter.  R

Russian UFO Research Revealed (Skeptical)

James Oberg, Space.com, August 8, 2000

In an special report obtained by SPACE.com, two of Russia's leading UFO investigators have summarized the results of the Soviet Union's official 13-year study of UFO reports. They maintain that the Western media claims of "secret KGB files" and "captured aliens" are untrue.  R

Soviet Army fought UFOs

Alexander Dremin, Pravda, Russia, Jan, 2004

Soviet military encountered many UFOs, maybe for this reason in the end of the 60s a secret laboratory of researching "flying objects" was created in the USSR.  R

Soviet KGB Files on UFOs (ABC News television program transcript)

ABC News

The following is a transcript from ABC News Prime Time Live,a segment about recently released Soviet KGB UFO files. The date on the original files is October 5, 1995.  R

Soviet Saucers (skeptical)

James Oberg

It was the fall of 1967, and the Soviet Union was in the grip of its first major UFO flap. The extraordinary tales, described on Soviet television, reported in Soviet newspapers, and analyzed in a private nationwide UFO study group soon took on a life of their own. R

Soviet Saucers (Skeptical)

James Oberg, OMNI Magazine, April 1994

The Russian UFOlogists have failed. The ultimate test of the Russians' ability to perform mature, reliable UFO research is how they treat "the smoking gun" of Russian UFOlogy, the Petrozavodsk "jellyfish" UFO of 1977. The "jellyfish" was a brief wonder in the West before being quickly solved (by me) as the launch of a rocket from Plesetsk.

Soviet UFO Secrets

UFO Casebook

The Summer 1994 issue of Flying Saucer Review contains an article entitled "Soviet UFO Secrets", by Bryan Gresh. The article also appeared in the MUFON UFO Journal for October 1993. Brian Gresh is stated as being the Senior Vice-President of Altamira Communications Group and an associate of George Knapp, described as a renowned UFO researcher. The article details information obtained by both men during a 10 day visit to Russia in March 1993.  R

Soviet UFO Secrets

James Easton

The Summer 1994 issue of Flying Saucer Review contains an article entitled "Soviet UFO Secrets", by Bryan Gresh. The article also appeared in the MUFON UFO Journal for October 1993.  R

The Great Soviet UFO Coverup (Skeptical)

James E. Oberg, MUFON UFO Journal, OCTOBER 1982

UFOlogy in the Soviet Union has had its ups and downs, and it has been an enigmatic source of puzzlement to Western observers. The publication in 1979 of an official report from the USSR Academy of Sciences takes on remarkable significance, since it plainly states that the officially-denounced UFOs are "real" in a mathematically provable sense. This is exactly counter to the official government line.

UFO flap in tsarist Russia 1892

By Stefan Roslund/UFO-Sweden

An ambitious ufologist in St. Petersburg by the name of Mikhail Gerstein has read a great number of newspapers from that time and has found many reports concentrated to the period March-April 1892.

UFO Phenomenon in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States

Paul Stonehill, June 2001 Update, Russian Ufology Research Center, Author of The Soviet UFO Files (1988)

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UFO Prevents Blast at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant

Pravda, Russia, 9-16-2002 / Anomalia.ru

Eyewitnesses say that they saw an UFO hovering above the exploded reactor - some people saw a spaceship hovering above the fourth generating unit of the Chernobyl plant. Eyewitnesses say that an UFO was there for six hours and that hundreds of people saw it.  R

UFOs and the MIR space station

Michael Hesemann

Only a few insiders know that MIR cosmonauts had several UFO encounters - and reported them frankly on camera.  R

UFOs Are Real In Russia: An Interview with Valery Uvarov

Graham W. Birdsall

The following extracts were transcribed from a filmed interview with Valery Uvarov, of Russia's National Security Academy, conducted by Graham W. Birdsall, Editor of the UK-based UFO Magazine.  R

UFOs in Russia: Witness Statements and X-Files

Nikolay Subbotin, Pravda

it is generally admitted that the UFO question has been studied for a long time by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the State Hydrometeorology Committee, and the Defense Ministry  R

UFOs In The Soviet Waters

Paul Stonehill, X-Project

The Russian Ufology Research Center has a collection of "hydrosphere aspect" sightings. The secret files of the Soviet Navy contain much valuable information on UFO sightings. Soviet military researchers quite thorough. The files have been largely inaccessible, even after the fall of the USSR. But I was able to collect some interesting information.

websites & organizations

UFO Organizations In Russia (Addresses)

Addresses of the UFO organisations in Russia... R

UFO Roundup Articles: Russia

UFO Roundup / Joseph Trainor

News and articles relating to UFOs in Russia from the UFO Roundup archives.