- CHEBARKUL, Russia, Sept 8 (Reuter) - Armageddon is just around the corner,
but there's no need to panic. A group of Russian scientists is planning
to save humanity by attracting flying saucers from the fourth dimension
and evacuating humanity to Siberia.
- They say they have no more than two years
to do it.
- ``We want to warn the West, so that we
can save them in Siberia,'' Vladimir Sobolyov, president of the independent
research centre, told a Congress of UFOlogists, Astrologers and Clairvoyants
held in this Urals mountain resort.
- Sobolyov's analysis of prophesies by
Russian saints, the 16th century French astrologer and prophet Nostradamus,
and other sources has led him to the conclusion that the earth will tilt
about 30 degrees, very quickly, sometime within the next two years.
- Widespread flooding, which will drown
most of Scandinavia and much of Britain, will spare Siberia, where a new
Jerusalem will be built, the bearded UFOlogist said.
- Sobolyov, whose research focuses on the
fourth dimension, admits that selling the plan, let alone the land, could
be an uphill climb for the scientists, whose reputation has been damaged
by false UFO sightings. But he is undeterred.
- ``There are only a few people on earth
who can tell who is real and who is crazy,'' Sobolyov said, puffing on
a pungent Russian cigarette. His research centre is the Rerikh Academy,
named after early 20th century Russian mystic and scientist Nikolai Rerikh.
- UFOlogists, who study Unidentified Flying
Objects, are treated warily by governments the world over, although there
are those, including Russia, which fund some UFO research.
- But the tiny division of Russian science
could become a big money earner if the government takes up the plan for
the state to rent out Siberian land during Armageddon.
- Conference delegates from Italy, Hungary
and other countries worked with dozens of Russians on the problem from
the safety of the foothills of the southern Urals which tumble down to
the beginning of the Siberian steppe.
- Governments have yet to comment on their
- JUDGEMENT DAY FATE HINGES ON ALIEN AID
- The Chelyabinsk region where the conference
was held is studded with lakes and compared to Switzerland by some, though
it is also known for its high proportion of closed cities and nuclear bomb
- But the delegates at the remote mountain
resort of Chebarkul had their heads in the fourth dimension, a higher cultural
and spiritual plane and source of many flying saucers.
- They look to aliens to help Russia regain
and surpass standards set in its 19th century golden age by writers such
as Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov -- and thereon lead the world
into the fourth dimension.
- ``There is no more urgent issue than
to increase contact with such civilisations,'' said Dr Lev Chulkov, who
heads the UFOlogy department of the partially state-funded Intersectoral
Scientific and Technology Centre of Venture Non-traditional Technologies.
- Chulkov survives on a miserable $100
a month, although his institute earns extra cash doing geological surveys
for oil companies looking for black gold in Siberia -- hitherto known mainly
for its extreme cold and prison camps.
- Rerikh the scientist was also a painter,
and the conference's cultural programme was well attended.
- ``As a dream I will come and sit among
you,'' said an actor in a stiff black suit, reciting a Pushkin poem surrounded
by paintings of flying saucers circling Russian villages. The UFOlogists
cheered what they saw as the verse's special message.
- TORTURED RUSSIAN SOULS HAVE WHAT IT TAKES
- Some delegates explain Russians' particular
interest in the paranormal -- superstitions and faith healers continue
to enjoy a wide following here -- by saying they are a chosen people.
- They say centuries of desperation and
hardship have forged hearty Russian souls who can also help lead humanity
into the fourth dimension in the countdown to Judgement Day.
- ``We have lived through wars, revolutions
-- all this has given Russia a special mission,'' said Galina, a librarian
- She stood next to an Armageddon timetable
which predicted that all Slavic nations would unite behind Russia shortly
before the arrival of the Antichrist, to be followed by Judgement Day and
the creation of a new continent in the Pacific Ocean.
- Others at the conference questioned Russia's
- ``People are all the same,'' said Andrei
Kovsharov, a 27-year-old unemployed aviation worker who added that in his
previous life 900 years ago he had been a woman in New Zealand.
- ``It doesn't matter what nationality
- ALIENS KEEP LID ON CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
- Russian UFOlogists base much of their
research on tried and true observational methods used throughout the planet.
- Chulkov, a former astroscientific technician,
says he has seen a spaceship a quarter the size of the moon and smaller
ships which he knew were UFOs due to zig-zag trajectories beyond the ken
of Soviet and Western technology.
- Former Russian test pilot Marina Popovich
said that while staying last year at cosmonaut training ground Star City
she saw a cigar-shaped ship about 20 metres (65 feet) long with pulsing
- ``There was absolutely no sound,'' said
Popovich, who woke up a number of cosmonauts to see the ship. They arrived
- Such disappointments tend to boost scepticism
towards the UFOlogists, but Sobolyov said the aliens -- who he predicts
will step up their activity to help mankind during the Armageddon flood
-- were cautious for a reason.
- ``If we completely believed in them,
we would get lazy,'' he said. ``So they are clever. They stay hidden in
the fourth dimension and only show themselves from time to time.''