Russian UFOs


Alex Mistretta

Russia has a rich history of anomalous events related to ufology. Many have heard about the Tunguska explosion of 1908 and the rush in the 1990’s to obtain former Soviet secrets about UFOs. The later, an activity I engaged in myself, rather unsuccessfully I must admit. That been said, research is rarely a waste of time, and I learned that In between Siberia and Moscow are many locations with a consistent history of activity and an unabated UFO presence. The problem is differentiating real data from quite honestly many crazy tales and rumors that emanate frequently out of the region.
There are quite a few tales in need of further research, such as various UFO crashes and rumored films of Aliens taken by cosmonauts. There are also many areas with unusual geomagnetic anomalies and consistent UFO sightings; especially in and around large lakes and the Arctic ocean. Here, I wanted to focus on two particular cases, both in areas of frequent UFO sightings, Siberia and the Ural mountains.


Yakutia, also known as the Republic of Sakha, lies in the Russian far east and covers 1,198,200 square miles with only 1 million inhabitants. Consisting of large mountain ranges, with the rest of the land mostly taiga and tundra; it is a very inhospitable place.  In its northwest section lies an area called “The Valley of Death”. This area is known for geomagnetic anomalies and of course a frequency of UFO activity.

Yakutia has a long oral history of strange objects by the indigenous populations. One story in particular tells of a great storm and darkness that covered the valley. After the storm had passed, a large tower like structure could be seen for many miles away. The story goes on to say that the structure was very loud and seemed to make its way underground.

As a result, the ground was burned and a large crater was left where the structure had been. Nearby, domed structures called “Iron Houses” by local tribes were left on the ground for centuries.  Eventually, the environment took its toll on the structures and could be entered. The problem was that anyone who spent any length of time inside died of a “strange sickness”.

Sometime a story is just a story and a myth is just a myth; but in the mid 1930’s explorers came upon unusual spherical structures, roughly 25 feet in diameter, in the valley. The structures were described as metallic, with plants and grass surrounding the structures appear to grow at an exponential rate.  The explorers, a group of six led by Mikkhail Koretsky, decided to spend the night inside the cauldrons as they named the structureWarm and comfortable they slept; but upon waking, Koretsky developed painful lesions on one side of his face and another man lost his hair.

Little was heard about the preceding event or the valley for the next 20 years until the Soviets decided that the area was perfect for nuclear tests. As a result, a 10 kiloton bomb was detonated. It exploded with a force of 20 megatons; two thousand times more powerful than expected. The Soviets had no explanations, but this was eastern Siberia after all, and strange explosions was nothing new.  Fifty years prior, in 1908 to be precise, something exploded in Tunguska with the force of 40 megatons.

Remaining in Siberia and heading a little south is Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the oldest lake in the world at 30 million years old and is one of the deepest and largest lake in the world. Similar to lake Titicaca in the Andes, Baikal is famous for UFO sightings entering and coming out of its waters.


Kholat Syakkhel means mountain of the dead. A name given by the Mansi people who considered the mountain sacred and a place where spirits gathered.

In early February of 1959 mountaineer named Igor Dyatlov, and nine others, departed for the mountain. All died on the mountain by what the police called an “invincible force of nature”.  When the group failed to return a search party was sent out and found the following scene. The description below are based on the official police report and the search party’s testimony.

One man was found to have died of exposure, but the others showed signs of severe internal trauma and the police stated that at least some of the victims rushed out of their tents and tried to flee. A tent was found ripped from the inside and footprints leading away.  The closest body to the tent was of the one female in the group, lying face down in a pool of blood.

Next was Dyatlov’s body found with a crack skull, but no outside visible damage to the head. Further away was three men found with broken skulls and ribs and severe internal bleeding, but minimal damage to their skin. The bodies all had an orange tint to them and their clothes contained levels of radiation. One of the officials on site also mentioned that some tree branches in the area were burnt.

The police interviewed some of the local people in the area. They told the police that numerous orange spheres were seen flying above the mountain on the night of the tragedy. The objects were silent. The rescue party also witnessed a “fiery” object in the sky, a sighting that lasted about 20 minutes.

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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