Go Back Report # 232


UFO Research In Russia       

       Many of Zigel's sighting cases come from along the northern arctic rim of the Soviet Union, from isolated weather stations. There appears to be a relatively high proportion of cases involving crescent-shaped, glowing objects, which Zigel theorizes may be attributed to the way the plasma around the object itself may appear from below. One such crescent-shaped sighting measured an estimated 600 meters between the horns.

       Among the sample of sightings made available to APRO, one appears different enough from the usual run of sightings elsewhere to merit describing in some detail. This concerns an object which came in low, at great speed, over Lake Onega, 200 miles northeast of Leningrad on April 27, 1961. It hit the bank just above the ice and ploughed a furrow 27 meters long, 15 meters wide, and 3 meters deep through the frozen ground before continuing its low trajectory and disappearing. The impact blasted the ice from near the shoreline, throwing out huge chunks to the bank with a strange intensive green color on their underside. Local residents, including a forest ranger, reported no sound except that of impact when the object crashed into the bank.

       Samples of the ice, on melting, left a stringy fiber which later was analyzed by the Leningrad Technical Institute where it was found to contain tiny quantities of magnesium, aluminum, barium, silicone, and titanium. Tiny metal grains and fragments found on the lake bed near the shore were analyzed and found to contain lithium, titanium, and aluminum. Some turned out to be acid and highly temperature-resistant, but none was radioactive.  

       Scientists who interviewed residents of the nearby village reported agreement that the object was oval in shape, about the size of a large passenger plane, and bluish-green in color. Other scientists concluded that the object exhibited none of the characteristics of a meteorite and left none of the after-effects associated with meteorites. They concluded that the grains of metal were artificial in origin and ruled out the possibility of any earth-made machine which could have crashed into a frozen lake bank at such high speed and not be wrecked or at least shed some fragment or part which could be identified. Zigel himself said that he was tempted to assume that a space probe had scraped the ground but managed to continue after presumably superficial damage. But he goes no further, and his tentative answer appears to typify his conservatism and insistence upon obtaining all possible scientific evidence before reaching for a conclusion.       

This reference: The APRO Bulletin, June 1976, p. 5, “UFO Research in Russia” by James D. White

With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org for locating the document.           

UFOCAT PRN – 89627

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Felix Zigel, Unidentified Flying Objects in the USSR, privately printed,
                                        February 1968

UFOCAT URN – 089627 The APRO Bulletin, June 1976, p. 5, “UFO Research In Russia” by

                                        James D. White

UFOCAT URN – 091539 Xenolog by SATCU of New Zealand, August 1976, p. 11
UFOCAT URN – 114092 UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union by Jacques Vallee, p. 137, © 1992
UFOCAT URN – 177003 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 06051, © 2002      

Europe – Russia. Karelia

Lake Onega     Latitude 61-30 N, Longitude 35.-45 E (D-M) [Onezhskoye Ozero – Russian]

This reference: U.S.S.R. Gazetteer, Vol. 5 O-R, Geographic Names Division, U.S. Army Topographic Command, Washington, D.C., June 1970           

Leningrad        Latitude 59-53-40 N, Longitude 30-15-51 E (D-M-S) [St. Petersburg]

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 62.03 N, Longitude 34.58 E (D.%)  


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