Go Back Report # 176
02-00-1961

02-??-1961   

THE KARELIA CASE, 1961

During a routine trip through the woods south of Karelia in February 1961, forester Vasili Bradski discovered on the banks of one of the many lakes (frozen at this season) of this region a fairly large crater which two days before had not been there. Unable to unravel the cause, he hurried to the nearest control point and sent a telegram to Leningrad: "Inexplicable crater on the edge of a lake. Send specialists and divers.”  Although the following day was a Sunday, it nonetheless saw the start of an enquiry by six specialists flown out from Leningrad who examined the lengthy gash on the lake's edge: a hole about 30 m long, 15 wide and 3 deep. The crater was narrower towards the bottom which itself was smooth, though around the edges there were chaotic heaps of grass and soil. But the bottom of the hole was as smooth as possible, as if someone had used a roller. As for the soil excavated by the object, there was no trace of it.

       . . . The ice on the lake nearby was largely broken, and at that battered spot there were ice-floes, but elsewhere the ice was undamaged. Black and crumbling pellets were found on the bank which resembled buckwheat grains; these could be crushed between the fingers.

       On the bottom of the lake, divers found a portion of the soil displaced which was stretched out like a "tongue" across the base for about 100 m.

       The theory was that the object had first slid across the soil on landing and thence into the lake, yet there was no trace anywhere of any such object, and even when a metal detector was used, there was scarcely any reaction.

       The divers dragged some of the ice-floes on to the bank and noted that the submerged parts were green. Samples of the pellets, the soil, the ice, and some water were collected.

       The possibility that the cause was ball-lightning was rejected outright since not only had there been no storm, but there was also no trace of any scorching agent. That it might have been a meteorite was barely discussed at all since even sophisticated detectors could find nothing of the sort. Besides this, any meteorite will make a crater five times its own girth, and such a meteorite would not be small enough to escape the attention of sensitive apparatus, astronomers, mete­orologists and other mortals.

       Meanwhile, the divers found roughly in the middle of the lake another gully along the bottom about 100 m long, which almost seemed as if it had been excavated for a piping system. At the end of the trench, there was a hillock about 1.5 m high which looked as if it had been piled up when the trench was made. All around the "tongue" and the gully, the ground was untouched and neither, once again, did the detector apparatus offer any clue. Who or what had dug the hole and where was the object lying?

       It was gradually deduced that the object had skidded over the soil into the lake, ploughed up the bed, and then by some complicated means or other had managed to resume its flight. So this must have been a special sort of machine indeed, to say nothing of its pilot (if there was one) who judged on our own criteria should have been considered a candidate for a gold medal in sheer presence of mind.

       The case was studied at Leningrad University under Professor Vsevolod Charmov, in the course of which the meteorite and ball-lightning theories were rejected for the reasons given above. Nothing strange was found in the samples of ice, water and soil, and radioactivity was normal. The green colour of the ice, however, could not be explained. (In connection with UFO activities in similar areas, one quite regularly hears of "green ice" or "green snow"; see for instance “The Saapunki UFO: Results of the Investigations,” Flying Saucer Review, 1712 and 1713, 1972. ) The pellets revealed under the microscope a metallic sheen which does not occur in any known organic material, and neither were they soluble in any acid. Chemists therefore concluded that they were an inorganic substance and probably not of natural origin. In general everybody concerned with what caused the crater shows skepticism about the existence of any apparatus capable of carrying out what is supposed to have happened and of surviving it. No cogent explanation of how the crater came to be has as yet been given. The scholar Viktor Demidov, who took part in the investigation, linked it with UFO's.                                                                 
This reference: UFO’s from Behind the Iron Curtain by Ion Hobsana and Julien Weverbergh, pp. 61-63, © 1972.

With thanks to Larry Hatch’s *U* UFO Computer Database, see http://www.larryhatch.net © 2002.

UFOCAT PRN – 89201

UFOCAT URN – 89201 UFO’s from Behind the Iron Curtain by Ion Hobsana and Julien Weverbergh,

                                        pp. 61-63, © 1972  

Europe – Russia

Karelia - Latitude 64.00 N, Longitude 32.00 E (is a region)

Reference: U.S.S.R. Vol. 3 & 4, K & O-R Gazetteers, prepared in the Geographic Names Division, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., June 1970.      


 



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