This soviet ufo secrets documentary is very interesting and explores the possibility's that some of the ufo sightings in Russia were actually military events. i believe there is some truth to that but i certainly don't believe all the sightings in Russia can be explained in conventional terms.
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the reason i don't think all ufo sightings in Russia are just mis identified military craft is because strange objects have been seen in the sky's there centuries ago. obviously they weren't launching rockets back in those days , right ?

Unidentified Flying Objects UFOs - have been sighted over the territory we know today as Russia since the days of antiquity. For centuries people have seen objects in the sky that they could not identify, and many of them have recorded sightings, which could not be explained away as meteors, planets, stars, or weather balloons.

Some of the most interesting information concerning UFO sightings is still locked away in the secret archives of the state. Occasionally, the guarded vaults do open up, either by the passing of history or chance, and information leaks out. Recently declassified documents of the Russian Ministry of the Interior, dating back to the beginning of the 19th century, reveal some interesting UFO sightings from the Russian Empire.

Among them is a very unusual report to the Tsar from his Third Department of the Chancellery (the former title of the secret police). The report describes certain extraordinary light effects observed in the sky by the inhabitants of the city of Orenburg, and corroborated by the police and military, during the night of December 26,1830. Other reports mention the appearance of UFOs over Ustyug on January 30, 1844, as well as sightings from 1846 and 1847.

Secret files aside, the Russian history of UFO sightings dates back thousands of years. In the Russian north, near the Arctic Circle, there are ancient stone monuments that were reputedly built at the same time as Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.


In AD 921, the Caliph of Baghdad, Al-Muktadir, sent Ibn Fadlan, an Arabian chronicler, with an embassy to the King of the Bulgars of the Middle Volga. Ibn Fadlan wrote an account of his journeys with the embassy. According to this account, during the very first night spent in the palace of the Bulgar king, Ibn Fadlan witnessed very strange celestial phenomena.

Just before sunset, the horizon became bright red, and from above came a deafening low rumble. Ibn Fadlan raised his eyes to the sky and saw two fiery-reddish clouds moving above him, which continued to merge and then separate during the course of the sighting. The chronicler described incredibly vivid human - and horse-like shapes inside the clouds. He also saw weapons in the arms of the beings within the clouds as if they were engaged in a battle.

The Arabs were terrified by these incredible phenomena and knelt down in prayer, but the Bulgars explained the "riders in the sky" as Jinni (in Moslem legends, a supernatural being who can take human or animal form and influence human affairs); the "faithful" ones against the "unfaithful".


The Robozero sighting is the most famous UFO case in the history of ancient Russia. Yuri Roszius and other Russian researchers of paranormal phenomena have studied it extensively. The event occurred "in the year 171" (that is, the year 7171 from "the creation of the world") which corresponds to the year 1663. The details of this amazing and enigmatic event have been preserved because of the efforts of the Archeological Commission.

It published a collection of its historical acts in 1842, among which was an authentic 17th century document signed by Ivan (Ivashko) Rzhevsky, a "laborer," in which he bore witness to a remarkable event. According to Rzhevsky's testimony, on August 15, 1663, between 10:00AM and noon, a "great noise" resounded over Robozero Lake (located in the Vologda Region, about 80 miles southwest of Belozersk). From the north, out of a clear sky, appeared a huge flaming sphere not less than 130 feet in diameter. From its fore-part emitted two "flame" beams, about "20 sazhens ahead of it" (a sazhen is about seven feet). From its sides poured bluish smoke. This huge ball of fire, its height like that of a modern 15-story building, hovered over the lake. The phenomenon was observed by a multitude of people who had gathered for mass at the parish church, situated on the lake shore.


Russian researcher Valentin Krapiva has compiled a series of UFO sightings from antiquity that appear in the Russian chronicles. In 1028 there was a serpent-like sign in the sky, so big that it could be seen throughout the Russian lands. It terrified the natives who fled in terror. The UFO hovered ominously for over two days.


Russian researcher Valentin Krapiva has compiled a series of UFO sightings from antiquity that appear in the Russian chronicles. In 1028 there was a serpent-like sign in the sky, so big that it could be seen throughout the Russian lands. It terrified the natives who fled in terror. The UFO hovered ominously for over two days.


In the Russian Far Fast, an area of frequent UFO activity throughout history, a fiery pillar appeared from the ground and rose several miles into the sky Lightning lit all around the pillar, and it was accompanied by a thunderous noise. The locals believed it to be a sign from God.

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In December 1317 a strange circular UFO plagued the city of Tver for over a week, before eventually moving northward and out of sight. The circle, which was bright green and emitted a pulsating red glow at its center produced three rays: two pointed eastward, and one westward.


During the course of January, at night over most areas of Russia numerous witnesses observed "fiery pillars," similar to those sighted in 1111, that extended from the ground toward the sky Some people also sighted a "heavenly arc." Yet others saw horse-like flying entities, equipped with "lanterns."


Three objects appeared in the sky on June 14, 1403. They were "sun-like," and they emitted blue, green, and crimson rays. They formed a pattern that was something "like an arc." The last object was cross-like, great in size, and it appeared to remain, pulsating, at the heart of the moon. It hovered there for over an hour before disappearing.


A giant bright, spherical object flew over St. Petersburg on July 30, 1880. The UFO was accompanied by two identical craft, only smaller in size. The flight of the UFOs was noiseless, and they were observed over the city for three minutes.

ANCIENT RUSSIAN UFO MYSTERIES - HiddenMysteries Conspiracy Archive
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i found this document on the C.I.A. website and it tells the story of a strange sphere ufo that supposedly crashed near a place called " hill 611 " and left various trace evidence at the site


link to the C.I.A. Document

here are some more amazing reports also with the hill 611 case

In 1980 for example, a factory worker on a small Baltic island off the coast of Estonia was reportedly struck by an orange beam that shot out from a landed UFO. He described the object as "glittering with colours", close to which stood two black cubes with a rotating pipe.The force of the beam made him fall backwards, and even after the craft had disappeared the witness complained of feeling sick for some time afterwards .

Hill 611.

An event described as the "Russian Roswell", occurred in the extreme east of the country in the Vladivostock area in 1986. This involved a "flying sphere", that was seen to crash into a mountain known as hill 611, close to the village of Dalnegorsk. Like the Roswell incident of four decades earlier strange debris found at the crash site invited intense speculation! In his book "UFO's: Fact or Fiction writer Nigel Blundell comments: "The object disintegrated upon impact but investigators from the Academy of Sciences did find some debris, including a strange mesh material and a previously unknown aluminium alloy. Was it a rogue space probe as some have suggested, or something more sinister?"

Air alert.

In Moscow in 1958 a "flying saucer" seen on the ground suddenly spiralled up to the sky, and in the same year a radar alert led to planes being scrambled, but the targets proved impossible to find. Several sightings over the Kremlin itself have been claimed by police on guard, describing strange objects that have hovered over the famous Sparski Tower. In 1978 a bright yellow ball was seen over the bell tower of the cathedral in the Kremlin. Apparently it entered through an open door before vanishing with a loud crackling sound!

One of the most amazing Soviet encounters occurred in the summer of 1961. This was reported by the Italian science writer Alberto Fenoglio, who claimed that a massive UFO purposely stalked a secret Russian missile site! According to Fenoglio a vast "mother ship" together with a formation of smaller craft suddenly appeared overhead at a sensitive moment during the construction of a new rocket emplacement. This comprised part of Moscow's defence network and the worrying appearance of the UFO's caused considerable alarm. The order was given to open fire on the UFO's, but the missiles all exploded well short of their target! Successive salvoes proved equally ineffective, and even these were brought to an abrupt halt as the entire base was crippled by an electrical blackout, that rendered the missile systems completely inoperative.

The cloud mystery.

One of the most persistent of Russian enigmas surrounds the appearance of mysterious clouds. These have been observed elsewhere, but Russia and it's former territories has experienced more than its fair share of such sightings.

In January 1985 for example, passengers aboard two aircraft flying over Belorussia were amazed to witness a strange greenish cloud that was sending out shafts of bright light to the ground. Earlier sightings of similar happenings describe flashing lights that seem to "boil out" of the dark cloud. In 1982 off Bennett Island, Novaya Zemlya, large clouds of unaccountable origin continued to baffle scientists who found them impossible to account for. Sightings of this sort go back at least to the 1930's when a vast black cloud, again of unknown origin, turned night into day over wide stretches of central Siberia!

The skies above Russia have proved particularly fertile territory for numerous pilot sightings. In 1967 a commercial airliner operating on an internal route had its engines fail when a UFO was sighted directly overhead. Going into a controlled glide the engines were eventually coaxed back to life barely 2000 feet from the ground.

Fighter Pilots.

Many of Russia's elite fighter pilots have also encountered UFO's and several have been fired upon. At least two planes have been lost in this way, and it is believed that pilots are now given training to deal with these encounters. In the Ukraine in 1966 a Soviet pilot followed a UFO over the city of Odessa. The object was also tracked by ground radar before it eventually disappeared!

For yet more information see our topic The Churbakov Incident. This details the encounter of a young Russian pilot with a UFO who forced him to bail out from his aircraft.

The M Triangle.

Undoubtedly the most UFO intensive area in Russia is a remote region near the Ural mountains, approximately 600 miles east of Moscow. Known as the M-Triangle this is a place renowned for its weird phenomenon and strange manifestations. Mysterious happenings are part and parcel of daily life. Witnesses report seeing strange lights in the sky as well as flying objects, and encounters with translucent beings who emerge from the forest! People even report signs and letters written in the sky!

Russian writer Alexander Myagchenkov, author of the book "UFO - Unannounced visit", says that "incidents that have happened in that area are hard to believe, and it cannot be compared to any other place"! Myagchenkov claims that people who have visited the M-Triangle have sometimes developed astonishing powers and super-human abilities.

Extraordinary powers.

One notable example of acquiring extraordinary powers is the journalist and cosmonaut Pavel Mukhortov. Discharged from the army for health reasons, Mukhortov later found work as a journalist. Whilst reporting for a newspaper he began to read more and more about the strange powers associated with the M-Triangle and decided to visit the place for himself.

Apparently the area was already the focus of a KGB investigation, and this strengthened Mukhortov's resolve to find out the facts for himself. What he discovered was a remote and isolated area that immediately felt strange and eerie. Some of his group quickly became ill, and Mukhortov himself felt overcome by wild emotions.

Photos of strange flying objects were taken, and upon returning to Moscow Mukhortov felt changed. He believed he had been filled with great knowledge concerning aerospace physics, and a short time afterwards was admitted to the Soviet Space Programme as a cosmonaut. He believes the M-Triangle completely changed his life and believes it gave him abilities beyond his wildest expectation.

Unusual Events.

Another Russian author with experience of the M-Triangle is Emil Bachurin, who later wrote a book on the subject. He associates the triangle with many strange occurrences! The most amazing of these concerns the incredible events that befell a visiting research team. Very early in their visit they encountered a strange energy source and were chased into the surrounding woods by translucent lights that exuded a peculiar heat. As a result several members of the group received serious burns!


Later a glowing object stunned one of the research group, and one of the men was so disturbed by the area that he later committed suicide. Bachurin claims that UFO's are frequently seen in the area, either flying by or landing, leaving behind areas of increased radiation.

A visiting American television crew for the syndicated programme "Sightings", was allowed access to the M-Triangle, but warned to stay no longer than 24 hours. The Russian government was at pains to point out the considerable dangers of the area - events and happenings that though frequently investigated, could not be explained.

Encircling Lights.

Almost immediately the visiting TV crew were acquainted with the areas strange powers. Weird lights encircled their encampment, and bizarre events and phenomena were captured on film. Locals were quick to relate their own wealth of experiences ranging from flashing red balls, to mysterious objects that flew about the sky. So common were these happenings that many of the locals saw nothing unusual in them and were even bored by them. Said one old woman: "I've seen saucers numerous times. To say they are nonsense is nonsense. We know what we see"!

Western Park, Voronzeh.

The most publicized and sensational of all Russia's urban encounters occurred in a park in the city of Voronzeh, situated around 300 miles south of Moscow! Here in September of 1989 children playing in the early evening sunshine were startled to witness a ball of fire encircle their play area before finally settling on a nearby tree. To their intense astonishment an alien figure nearly ten foot tall was seen to emerge from the apparition, and later climbed down and began walking about. The being was described as having a tiny head with three eyes, and skin that was wrinkled 'the colour of a grilled beef burger'.

Tall Beings.

Other witnesses speak of a glowing red object from which a door opened to let out a tall being with silvery arms that reached down to the knees. One of the children Vasya Surin claims that the figure brandished a pistol like weapon that he fired at a passer-by who was walking to a bus-stop, making him completely disappear. Seconds later the pedestrian reappeared again, but retained no recollection of the incident.

Witnesses insist that when the first craft took off it was followed by a second from which several tall beings were seen to emerge. These were then seen to examine a line of nearby electricity pylons. Reports of the incident were quickly circulated around the globe by the Tass news agency - a source not usually given to baseless speculation.

Official endorsement.

The fact was this was a well witnessed episode that was quick to receive a degree of official endorsement. The incident, which formed part of several such sightings in the area was later investigated by a Dr Silanov of the Voronezh Geophysical laboratory. He commented: 'In the period between 21st September and 28th October 1989, in Western Park Voronezh, six landings and one sighting were registered with the appearance of walking beings. We have collected a wealth of video materials with eye witness accounts particularly from pupils of the nearest school. We have no doubt they are telling the truth in their accounts'.

Historical Connection.

Predictably the alien element of many of the Russian sightings has in some sectors been overruled in favour of a more terrestrial explanation - that they were part of some secret Russian weapon. For instance the M- Triangle enigma has been placed in the light of a secret "psychotronic weapon", a device capable of manufacturing mass hallucinations.

The Robozero Incident.

Similar theories abound, but what they all ignore is that Russia has a history of these sightings that considerably outdates the advent of today's technological era. The most amazing of these cases is the Robozero incident.

Robozero is a small village nearly 700 miles from St Petersburg. On the 15 th of August 1663 a strange ball of fire descended on the village from a clear blue sky. Local witnesses speak of a great flaming ball from which emanated beams of light. These darted to an fro about the village, before disappearing in a lake, only to reappear again, an hour or so later.

On its second appearance the flaming mass caused great panic and hovered over the village for at least 90 minutes. According to contemporary sources, fishermen on the lake "were sorely burnt by the fire", and the water was lit up to its full depth of around 30 feet. In addition panic stricken fish flung themselves on dry ground in an effort to escape the looming presence. For weeks afterwards the lake remained coated in a bizarre rust deposit, and fish caught there exhibited burn marks and glowed with a translucent light! An Australian radio astronomer Robert Bracewell later speculated that the fireball may have been an alien space probe sent from the centre of our galaxy.

The Tunguska Incident.

In Siberia the infamous Tunguska incident barely needs introduction. Here in 1908 a vast fireball devastated woodland in a radius of up to 25 miles. Owing to the remoteness of the location and political sensitivity the locality was never properly investigated until many years later. The suspicion quickly formed that this was some form of nuclear explosion. But how? Was it a comet, meteorite, or a UFO? Like many of Russia's strange happenings the answers seem far from our current plane of understanding. A mystery that just gets stranger and stranger!

Russian UFO Encounters - UFO Evidence
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“Radiance Over the Kremlin”

“On September, 1, 1808, at 8 o’clock and 7 minutes in the afternoon, in the sky, clear and sown with stars, a phenomenon appeared, incomparable in its beauty and rigor, as well as in radiance and enormous size, to anything seen before. As we noticed it, attracted by the loud cracking sound, it was rising in an arch over the horizon, from 55’ to almost 90’. Having passed this distance in an instant, it stopped among the clouds as if over the Kremlin and looked like a long straight plate some nine arshin (6.35 meter) long and half arshin (0.35 meter) thick.

Then on its front edge, turned to the South-West, an oval flame flared, some two arshin (1.4 meter) long and one and a half arshin (1.4 meter) thick, with a flame that can only be compared to the radiance of burning phosphor.

Floating in a circle without open fire or sparkle, it nonetheless lighted everything around as broad daylight; then the flame went out, the light disappeared, but the bright plate remained and quite smoothly went perpendicularly upwards, reached the stars and still could be seen for some two minutes and then, without disappearing, it became invisible due to the extraordinary height.”

Indeed, the mysterious object described bears resemblance to modern UFOs descroptions by its ability to stop and start off abruptly, radiating light, regular shape. However, Afanasyev rules out the possibility of the manuscript being a fake.

“Impossible. The manuscript is written on authentic paper, produced in 1805. The spelling and the style obviously belong to the beginning of XIX century, and the author must have been an educated person, probably a Moscow State University professor, since the University is just across the street from the Kremlin.”

The researcher turned to astronauts, hoping to find out what the author of the manuscript actually witnessed, but unexpectedly the astronomers helped him identify the author.

“In 1808 at a meeting of Moscow Naturalist Society Andrey Chebotaryov, a 24-year-old professor of chemistry at the Moscow University, made a report on a meteor that he happened to see,” says Galina Ponomaryova, an expert of the State Astronomy University.

“Of course it was not a meteor, but at that time any object in the sky was identified as a meteor.”

The Scheme

The manuscript was accompanied by a sketch, depicting what Chebotaryov saw.

1. September, 13, 1808 at 20:07 at the Moscow State University Chebotaryov hears a cracking noise, and lookin out of the window sees a rectangle object 6.35 meters long and 0.35 meters thick, rising in an arc.

2. The object freezes over the Kremlin at some two or three kilometers’ height. On the lateral part a bright ball of flamó flared, some 1.5 meters in diameter. The radiance continued for five seconds.

3. When the radiance went out, the object smoothly raised vertically upwards and was visible for two minutes.

“The aim of this document still remains a mystery for me,” Afanasyev adds.

“At first I suggested that it was a draft for an article in the paper, but neither the Moscow State University’s newspaper, nor any other Moscow edition published this material.

Chebotaryov could be preparing an article for the Moscow Naturalist Society newsletter, but for some reason it was never published and stayed in the archive until Peter Poludensky discovered it. Finally, the manuscript was rediscovered by modern researchers and couls be published for the broader public.

Ancient Russian Manuscript Describes 19th Century UFO Sightings