- The International Peacemaker Project
together with the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific UFO Hotline, wish's
to advise that at 0900 UTC 23 Oct 97. "Voice of Russia" transmitted
the following story on UFO reports and sightings in Russia. Copies of this
recording will be able to soon be heard on the IPP -National UFO Hotline's
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- Hree is a transcript of the Voice Of
- BORIS BELITSKY Science a s Engineering
23 OCT 1997 0900 UTC.. MISS ESTHER WINTERS is the Interviewer.
- ESTHER WINTERS; Now, we have to turn
to another subject, and we keep getting letters about "unidentified
flying objects, yes UFOs". (Note: this line of interest was started
by Ross Dowe in Australia some months ago).
- The latest questions on this subject
(N/A). So tell us first of all, Boris, when the first UFOs were spotted
over Russia! Now, we, all know that Umm, say in the United States the
first reports of flying saucers, as they were "dubbed" on that
occasion, came in 1947, and that was when a group of rapidly moving glistening
objects were observed from the air in daytime near Mount Rainier, Washington.
Now, what about Russia? Are UFOs a relatively a new phenomenon here?
- BELITSKY; Oh, no! This is evident from
recently declassified documents of the Russian Ministry of The Interior
which inherited documents of the Russian Imperial Ministry of The Interior,
dating back to the beginning of the past century. Now, among those documents
there is a very unusual report to the Tsar from his Third Department of
The Chancellery, as the government's secret police was known in those
- ESTHER WINTERS; And what is unusual about
this report, Boris?
- BELITSKY; It describes certain extraordinary
light effects observed in the sky by the inhabitants, the police and military
in the city of Oreanburge on the night of December 26, 1830. The observations
amount to what today we would call a typical UFO sighting!
- ESTHER WINTERS; But surely this wasn't
the only report of this kind in the archive of the Tsar's secret police,
was it, Boris?
- BELITSKY; No, it wasn't. There were others,
too. A similar sighting was reported from the city of Ushtuge in Central
Russia on January 30th , 1844, and still other reports are dated 1846 and
1847. In short UFOs appear to have been sighted over Russia as far back
as the first half of the past century.
- ESTHER WINTERS; Boris, excuse me for
interrupting, but this isn't a case of the Russian claming to be first
in yet another area, which was so common in the recent past?
- BELITSKY; Oh, no! Russian ufologists
readily accept that UFOs were sighted long, long before that. A Russian
history of UFO sightings, arr... refers to sightings in Norway in the
ninth century, in Ireland in the tenth century, and in England in the twelfth
century. Not to mention a large number of later sightings in the fourteenth
century, the fifteenth and the sixteenth..
- ESTHER WINTERS; Boris, to return to
more recent times. Now, the UFO craze in our century, as we said, began
soon after the Second World War with a sighting near Mount Rainier in the
United States. What was the reaction of, official Moscow, though, to that
- BELITSKY; Well, of course you have to
remember that the cold war had already begun, in fact it was well under
way, and the Soviet reaction was therefore quite predictable. A Radio Moscow
broadcast at the time, dismissed the American report by declaring: "The
American imperialists have invented some silly nonsense with a view to
further their war-mongering aims, intimidating taxpayers and the Congress,
so as to quickly secure approval for an exorbitant military budget".
- ESTHER WINTERS; (Humor) Maybe this is
true Boris,,.. Tell us! Were there other similar reactions in other Soviet
- BELITSKY; For a number of years there
was total silence on the subject. It was completely taboo.. Then in 1961
on January 8th came a salvo from the Communist party's biggest caliber
guns, the newspaper PravDA echoed by the newspaper Komsomolska PravDa PravDA
printed a definitive article on the subject under the heading "The
Myth Of Flying Saucers". The article was an interview with the prominent
Soviet physicist Lev Archimovitch. The physicist "pooh-poohed"
the whole idea of UFOs as optical illusions, and condemned their exploitation
by unscrupulous individuals.
- ESTHER WINTERS; Has he been supported
by, investigations since en,.... since then well Boris?
- BELITSKY; To a very large extent, yes.
The vast majority of so-called UFO sightings has been identified as either
effects caused by space launchings or unconventional aircraft, or aircraft
under uncommon weather conditions, or aircraft with unusual light patterns,
or meteorological and other high altitude balloons,,, or flocks of birds,
or reflections of searchlights off clouds, or similar optical illusions....
Some sightings have also been attributed to psychological factors.
- ESTHER WINTERS; Psychological factors
- now, what do you mean by psychological factors quite frankly, Boris?
- BELITSKY; Well, it seems that in some
cases flying saucers serve to replace gods whom science has deposed. With
their distant and exotic origins and their pseudo-scientific associations,
UFOs appear welcome to some people,, who reject traditional religious
frameworks and yet need some article of faith.
- ESTHER WINTERS; Boris, you said that
the vast majority of UFO sightings have been identified as being due to
natural causes. What about the remaining minority, though?
- BELITSKY; It's true. There is a small
minority of sightings that so far defy such explanation. But that of course
is not proof of their extraterrestrial origin. It's merely an argument
in support of further studies of this at times baffling subject.....
- --------------------- Next week The National
UFO Hotline will have some more interesting facts to report on current
world developments in this area, stay tuned..to IPP new and Jeff Rense's
Sightings on the Radio.... Regards Ross Dowe....