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Artist claims he had close encounter with Yeti

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 August 2015

First sighting of the year of Bigfoot in Siberia.

Well-known Tashtagol artist and sculptor Andrey Lyubchenko claim that he came face to face with an Abominable Snowman less than a month ago.  Picture: Natalia Guzeva 

Like the Lock Ness monster, summer is the usual time for sightings, but until now there had been no known appearances this year by the 'mythical' Yeti in eastern Russia. 

This has changed with well-known Tashtagol artist and sculptor Andrey Lyubchenko's claim that he came face to face with an Abominable Snowman less than a month ago. 

What's more the Yeti posed for him - allowing the artist to draw his picture on birch bark - and the pair even managed to 'speak', he claimed. 

'It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared,' he said. 'There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was trying to 'talk' to me. 

'The Yeti was about two and a half metres tall, with thick dark brown hair like a bear's - but a lot softer. He was holding a wooden stick, with bits of hair wrapped around it. But the main thing was his eyes, they were just like light-coloured human eyes.'

At the time he was in the remote taiga in Kemerovo region, well known as the Russian region with the most Yeti sightings. 

Andrey Lyubchenko


Andrey Lyubchenko

'I can't describe or understand how we spoke, because - well because it sounds unbelievable. It felt like we heard each other's thoughts, as if it was telepathy.' Pictures: Anzhela Seitaidi/Sibdepo

'It was in the morning of 27 July, I went in into taiga to gather materials for wooden sculptures,' he said. 'I usually need a lot of curved and unusually shaped branches. I live right next to the edge of taiga, so I left early in the morning. It was 5 am, I was getting close to Chernukha mountain, which is right next to the Tashtagol TV must. 

'I went out onto a small open patch, and there I felt the Yeti's presence. I turned back and saw him standing up, deeper in the woods, not going away and trying to communicate. It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared.'

Lyubchenko explained further: 'I am saying 'He' because shape of his body, his gestures, his behaviour were clearly male. His body was very toned, with lots of visible muscles. His hands and feet were proportionate to his body, the same way as with humans. His face was expressive, too, just like his eyes. Also I remember that he had huge legs - by human sizes, his feet were size 60.'

This is suggests his feet were 46 cm in length - or 18 inches. 

'I can't describe or understand how we spoke, because - well because it sounds unbelievable. It felt like we heard each other's thoughts, as if it was telepathy. There was only one word that the Yeti actually said when I asked his name. His voice was low and chesty, and the name sounded as if somebody hit a tambourine twice - 'Ta-ban'.'

Andrey Lyubchenko


Andrey Lyubchenko

'I didn't have my phone with camera on me, or a camera - but I always carry a pencil and something I can draw on, this time it was a piece of birch tree bark.' Pictures: Anzhela Seitaidi/Sibdepo

After the encounter he sought a person who spoke the local Siberian Shor language and asked about a meaning of the word, without explaining where and how he heard it. He told that there can be several translations, one meaning 'a sole', and another one meaning 'the one that wasn't discovered'.

The artist said he was 'talking' to the Yeti for about 40 minutes. He admitted he could not prove his encounter, and that he was previously pre-disposed to believe in the existence of the Yeti, factors which are in common with many supposed sightings. 

'I didn't have my phone with camera on me, or a camera - but I always carry a pencil and something I can draw on, this time it was a piece of birch tree bark,' he said. 'I made a drawing of the Yeti and showed him. The Yeti studied it really carefully for a while, and then drew a symbol next to my drawing. 

'I still can't find what this symbol means, I've been going through books and internet, but found nothing similar. There is a similar looking symbol of friendship, but I am not sure this is it.'

If Yetis live so close to people, he was asked by Natalya Guzeva, a journalist from 'Kuzbass 85' newspaper, why they did not show themselves more to humans.

'I wonder if they are scared to intervene. Do you think it was easy to put up with this meeting? I am still in a state of shock, I can't believe it happened to me,' he said.

Yeti sightings Siberia


Yeti sightings Siberia


Yeti sightings Siberia

Russia's best known Yeti hunter Igor Burtsev - head of the Russian International Centre of Hominology - has previously estimated that as many as 30 Yetis roam Kemerovo region. Pictures: KP TV

Why was he chosen by the Yeti? 

'I guess it was a pure coincidence. Or perhaps it happened because I sincerely believed in Yeti's existence and imagined how one day I'd meet them. I've been dreaming about meeting them, to be honest. I also don't think that I am the only person that met Yeti. Others simply don't speak about it, rightly fearing they might be called insane. 

'All I can say about myself is that I am as normal as one can find, I am physically and mentally healthy, I don't drink or take drugs. I think one day I'll get back to the place where we've met... I think we might see each other again.'

The newspaper said it has asked about him and 'he is a reputable person in the city, quite well-known, and certainly isn't seen as a nutter'.

Russia's best known Yeti hunter Igor Burtsev - head of the Russian International Centre of Hominology - has previously estimated that as many as 30 Yetis roam Kemerovo region. 'We are on the brink of finding the Yeti at long last,' he said in 2011. 

However, many sightings or finds of 'Yeti hair' or footprints  have been disputed by other experts who point out no remains of the animal have ever been discovered. 

Comments (12)

Fascinating story, but I would give anything to hear what their 40 minute telepathic conversation covered!
SL Jay, Portland, Oregon, USA
07/03/2016 01:59
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Great story, although much questions are open....
Ben M. Idahoist, Idaho
29/01/2016 00:55
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It's a strange thing how they mostly appear in places where barely anyone lives. I knew i read Andrey Lyubchenko's story about Yeti in Siberia, and it was here http://goo.gl/so96EF.
Will, Chicago
02/01/2016 22:21
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If you haven't seen one, does not mean others are making up stories. You are the type would cry, crap your pants and lie about it.
mouse, reno nv usa
26/08/2015 16:05
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We have our own, but he is hairless compared to this specimen. He lives off the beach near Omar St. He will eat anything he can get his hands on, like pets, so the neighborhood leaves food out for him. It is said he ate an entire smoked ham once.
John, Port Huron, Michigan USA
26/08/2015 12:07
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Lay off the Russian vodka!
Doug Elkins, Albany, New York
26/08/2015 11:15
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We all enjoyed "Hairy and the Hendersons" but other accounts suggest these powerful "persons" may not be that amiable. You were lucky. :-)
dsands47, Coos Bay Oregon USA
26/08/2015 10:49
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Amazing ! extremely interesting and sincerely believable, well written article! Additionally interesting to me that the Yeti have slightly pointy ears, assuming the illustration is an accurate depiction. Thanks to all involved (including Ta-Ban) and for your courage in bringing this information to light. I know it's a pipe dream but I wish we could all (including the Yeti) make peace here on Earth. I'm sure they could teach us profoundly.
Jonathan, Encino, CA
26/08/2015 02:20
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Wonderful story! This is certainly not the first time something like this has occurred, and it's great to see people having the courage to go public with their experiences, I believe it contributes to a positive effect on our world in every possible sense.
K.H., Berlin
23/08/2015 22:37
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You need to get in touch with Kewaunee Lapseritis M.S. He will help you understand.
Brenda , Pa. USA
22/08/2015 02:26
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Sorry Biggie. They look NOTHING alike. I think your glasses need glasses...lol.
SquatchWatcher, Sausalito, USA
21/08/2015 14:24
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Looks a lot like a sculpture done 12 years ago in the UK... http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/304/media/images/47887000/jpg/_47887059_bigfoot_nimba_282.jpg
Biggie, UK
21/08/2015 06:02
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