- 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
- Mr. Krapiva attended lectures given by veteran officers
of Soviet nuclear-powered submarines. They had served in the Soviet North,
in secret naval installations and bases. The lectures sometimes veered
off the planned presentations, and many spellbinding tales were told. For
instance, episodes when Soviet sonar-operators (military hydroacoustics
technicians) were "hearing" (at great depths) strange
"targets". Their submarines were actually being chased
by other "submarines". The pursuers changed their
speed at will -- speeds that were much faster than any other similar vessel
in the world at that time Lieutenant-Commander Oleg Sokolov confidentially
informed the students that while he was on duty during his submarine's
navigation, he had observed through a periscope an ascent of some strange
object through the water. He was not able to identify it, because he viewed
it through the optical system of the periscope. This underwater "take
off" took place in the early 1960's.
- A few years ago V.V. Krapiva met with Professor Korsakov
of the Odessa University. Professor Korsakov told him of a conversation
he had with a friend of his, a Soviet Navy officer who had served at the
Sevastopol Naval base. Back in the 1950's this officer personally sighted
a UFO. The object moved upward from behind a battle cruiser. The officer
was under the impression that the object surfaced from the depths of the
Black Sea. Professor Korsakov has a photograph of the object.
- Eyewitness reports
- In August 1965, a crew of the steamship RADUGA, while
navigating in the Red Sea, observed an unusual phenomenon. At about two
miles away, a fiery sphere dashed out from under the water and hovered
over the surface of the sea, illuminating it. The sphere was sixty meters
in diameter, and it hovered above the sea at an altitude of 150 meters.
A gigantic pillar of water rose as the sphere emerged from the sea and
collapsed some moments later.
- In December 1977, not far from the Novy Georgy Island,
the crew of the fishing trawler VASILY KISELEV also observed something
quite extraordinary. Rising vertically from under the water was a doughnut-shaped
object. Its diameter was between 300 and 500 meters. It hovered at the
altitude of four to five kilometers. The trawler's radar station was immediately
rendered inoperative. The object hovered over the area for three hours,
and then disappeared instantly. The testimony of Alexander G. Globa, a
seaman from GORI, a Soviet tanker, was published in Zagadki Sfinksa magazine
(Issue # 3, 1992) Odessa,. In June 1984, GORI was in the Mediterranean,
twenty nautical miles from the Straight of Gibraltar. At 16:00, Globa was
on duty. With him was Second-in-Command S. Bolotov. They were standing
watch at the left bridge extension wing when both men observed a strange
polychromatic object. When the object was astern, it stopped suddenly.
- S. Bolotov was agog, shaking his binoculars and shouting:
"It is a flying saucer, a real saucer, my God, hurry, hurry, look!"
Globa looked through his own binoculars and saw, at a distance over the
stern, a flattened out looking object (it did remind him of an upside-down
frying pan). The UFO was gleaming with a grayish metallic shine. The lower
portion of the craft had a precise round shape, its diameter no more than
twenty meters. Around the lower portion of it Globa also observed "waves"
of protuberances on the outside plating.
- The base of the object's body consisted of two semi-discs,
the smaller being on top; they slowly revolved in opposing directions.
At the circumference of the lower disc Globa saw numerous shining, bright,
bead-like lights. The seaman's attention was centered on the bottom portion
of the UFO. It looked as if it was completely even and smooth, its color
that of a yolk, and in the middle of it Globa discerned a round, nucleus-like
stain. At the edge of the UFO's bottom, which was easily visible, was something
that looked like a pipe. It glowed with an unnaturally bright rosy color,
like a neon lamp. The top of the middle disc was crowned by a triangular-shaped
something. It seemed that it moved in the same direction as the lower disc,
but at a much slower pace.
- Suddenly, the UFO jumped up several times, as if moved
by an invisible wave. Many lights illuminated its bottom portion. The crew
of GORI tried to attract the object's attention using a signal projector.
By that time Captain Sokolovky was on the desk with his men. He and his
Second-in-Command were watching the object intensely. However, the UFO's
attention was distracted by another ship, approaching at the port side.
It was an Arab dry cargo ship, on its way to Greece. The Arabs confirmed
that the object hovered over their ship. A minute and a half later the
object changed its flight's trajectory, listed to the right, gained speed
and ascended rapidly. The Soviet seamen observed that when it rose through
the clouds, appearing and disappearing again, it would occasional shine
in the sun's rays. The craft then flared up, like a spark, and was gone
- Some history
- The earliest mention of giant beings goes back to early
1900's. Several boys in Georgia (Russian Empire) discovered a cave inside
a mountain, full of human-like skeletons. Each skeleton was three meters
in height. To get to the cave, the boys had to dive into a lake. George
Papashvili and his wife recall the incident a book published in New York
in 1925, St. Martin's Press (Anything can happen).
- Vladimir Georgiyevich Ajaja, nowadays is a prominent
personality in the Russian Ufological Association. But he was not always
a ufologist, and when he became one, he earned the ire of the Communist
Party's dislike of those who study forbidden topics. With the help of his
highly placed Navy buddies, he was able to write a piece about the Bermuda
Triangle for Nauka I Zhizhn, a respected Soviet scientific magazine. After
all, he was a marine researcher, who, on numerous occasions, studied the
depths of the Atlantic Ocean from aboard a Soviet submarine (with many
features designed by him). Other mainstream Soviet oceanologists would
not touch such a "questionable" subject. In his search
for the information, two sources helped him: Charles Berlitz's The Bermuda
Triangle book that mentioned UFOs (he could find no other books in the
libraries), and Vice-Admiral Y.V. Ivanov, head of the Naval Intelligence
Directorate. Ajaja found out that the Naval Intelligence had long considered
UFOs to be a subject of serious investigation. But his newly
- found conviction put him on thin ice. Ajaja's efforts
to study and promote ufology made him a target of the science officialdom,
and the Party functionaries. His name was smeared in the Soviet media.
Ajaja's works were blacklisted. His lectures were outlawed. He was fired
from several jobs, and prevented from speaking publicly.
- Again, his Navy buddies helped him land a job, and write
about UFOs for their practical use. In his brochure ATTENTION: UFOS he
stated that the UFO wave of 1989, still in progress in 1991 when it was
published, had swept away ideological and censorship barriers which were
placed against ufology in the USSR. But because of the years of silence,
the country has been rendered totally unprepared for UFO phenomena. So
he helped organize the SOYUZUFOTSENTR to promote scientific study of UFO
phenomena. It broke away from its cradle, the Soviet Academy of Sciences,
because as did many others, Ajaja was convinced that those responsible
for the UFO research within the Academy actually prevented true and unbiased
- A.Gorbovsky, a Soviet historian published a book titled
"Enigmas of Ancient History" in the early 1970's. For many people
in the Soviet Union this book was an introduction to the forbidden world
of ufology, of paleocontact (A Russian term for the ancient astronaut hypothesis),
and mysteries of our ancient history. Gorbovsky mentions an incident that
took place in the ancient Mediterranean where people observed a strange
underwater vehicle surfacing at high speed. The object ejected itself from
the water, and shortly thereafter disappeared.
- B. Borovikov hunted Black Sea sharks for many years.
Then something happened that put an end to his hobby. Diving in the Anapa
area, he descended to the depth of eight meters. He saw giant beings rising
up from below. They were milky-white, but with humanoid faces, and something
like fish tails. The being ahead of its companions noticed Borovikov ,
and stopped. It had giant bulging eyes, as if in some vague glasses. The
other two joined it. The firs one waved her hand-it was definitely a hand
with membranes-towards the diver. All of them approached the diver , and
stopped at a short distance. Then they turned around, and swam away. Borovikov's
experience was published in XX vek: khronika neobjasnimogo (Moscow, 1996).
- D. Povaliyayev was handgliding over Kavgolov (Leningrad
area) in the early 1990's. There are lakes, and in one of them the skydiver
noticed three giant "fish". He descended, and was
able to discern "swimmers" in silvery costumes. He mentioned
the episode in his book Letuchi Gollandets (1995). There have been many
UFO sightings in the ar _____
- Dr Alexander V. Bogdanchikov <email@example.com Editor-in-chief
"Incredible World" International Magazine Co. Ltd. RN 831 Russia
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