9.12 – RUSSIA’S SECRET FILES (8.12.16)

UFO COMMISSION [13d]

Moscow. May 17, 1967. In a secure government building, a meeting is held of scientists dedicated to collecting comprehensive research on reports of unidentified flying craft. It is the first official Soviet UFO Study Group, and six months later, on November 10, the government gives its approval for the group’s deputy, astronomer Felix Ziegel, to present its findings on Soviet Central Television.

“Felix Ziegel asked the public to contact them with sightings. Now this was an extraordinary development. Previously, little, if anything, had been made public about official interest in this, and here you have somebody going on television, talking about it quite openly and inviting people to send in their sightings. Well, needless to say, there were a lot of sightings that were then reported, but the project itself soon was dogged by controversy and dissent.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),
(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

Shortly after the television broadcast, the government forced the group to be disbanded, fearful that it might lead to reports surfacing of top secret Soviet military tests. But Ziegel still managed to collect a huge amount of data, including reports from Russian pilots. He was able to publish some of his findings in a 1968 anthology titled The Inhabited Cosmos.

“I met Felix Ziegel in Moscow. He had collected hundreds of UFO cases. He said that these flying objects were seen all over the Soviet Union. Some of them were small, others large and spherical. Their technology must be extraterrestrial, because they reach an incredible speed that no human would survive.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

While publicly the Soviet government denounced the research of Felix Ziegel, they did not stop him from continuing his work, and even reviewed his findings. But why? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that the government may have been aware that there really was an alien presence in their skies, and they used Ziegel and other UFO researchers as a way to secretly monitor this activity.

“A number of records have surfaced from the Soviet Air Force and the KGB, showing that particularly in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, they took the UFO subject very, very seriously.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

“Soviet scientists had to come up with incredible ways with which to share their knowledge with their colleagues in the Western world. So, they essentially hid their messages in code, in letters, in different types of correspondence. Why would anyone risk going to jail by encoding messages to people and scientists outside the Iron Curtain, if you weren’t compelled enough that what you’re writing about is the truth?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Throughout the 1960s and most of the ‘70s, the Soviet government’s interest in UFOs remained unofficial. But that changed after September 20, 1977, when numerous residents of Petrozavodsk reported seeing a glowing object floating in the sky above for over five minutes, showering the city with rays of light. A copy remains of a lost photograph that was taken of the object. And astonishingly, similar UFOs were reported all across Russia and Eastern Europe within a four-hour window. On the heels of this mass sighting, the Soviet Union established the Russian Academy of Sciences’ UFO Commission. In 1984, they appointed Major-General Pavel Popovich, the eighth ma ever to reach space, to head up this research team.

“Pavel Popovich brought forth a lot of the UFO information himself and he was able to obtain the KGB UFO files – 124 pages – in 1992. He said that he knew of the existence of three underwater bases, where the extraterrestrials exist and operate. This is a man whom we should listen to.”

– Paul Stonehill (Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

“He had two UFO sightings himself, a very significant one in 1978, when he was flying back from the United States to Russia. Out of his window, he saw an absolutely enormous – football field size or larger – triangular craft, that was moving at a really good clip. I mean, easily overtook the commercial airliner that he was in. He wasn’t the only one on his plane to see this, by the way. He talked to a lot of the other people, many of whom where academicians, coming from a conference, many of whom saw this.”

Richard Dolan
(Author, UFOs & the National Security State)

Did Major-General Pavel Popovich really witness firsthand an extraterrestrial spacecraft? And might he also have found evidence in secret KGB files of underwater alien bases? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and suggest even more profound evidence can be found in a small mountain town in eastern Russia: the remains of a crashed UFO.

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