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.
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.
In August 1965, a crew of the steamship, RADUGA, while navigating in the
Red Sea, observed an unusual phenomenon. 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 slowerpace.
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 deck 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
occasionally shine in the sun's rays. The craft then flared up, like a
spark, and was gone instantly.
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 in 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 research.
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 first 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).
C. 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 area.
Paul Stonehill is a Soviet-born researcher of anomalous phenomena and the director of the
Russian UFOlogy Research Center. He has lived in the United States since 1973 and has
written several books on anomalous phenomena including his most recent book, The Soviet UFO Files
(available in our book store) published in September 1998.
The book contains more episodes of the Russian underwater anomalous
phenomena and military research of UFOs. Paul has made
several radio and television appearances and has consulted "Sightings" and "Encounters" TV show.