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'Larger than Belgium and a mile deep, lake Baikal holds a fifth of the earth's fresh water'
W.Bruce Lincoln

'Aliens and UFOs at world's deepest lake'

30 March 2015

Curious reports of extra-terrestrials pulling Steven Spielberg to Siberian jewel Baikal.

True or not about Spielberg's interest, the lake is perhaps the biggest focus of UFOs in Russia. Picture:

Since ancient times, the vast Lake Baikal has been known as deeply mysterious, but in the closing years of the Soviet era, and since, it has been the location of a number of alleged sightings of aliens and UFOs. 

Initially these were covered-up by the authorities of the USSR, but later they were revealed by the Russian media.

In recent days there have been unconfirmed reports in Russia that American director Steven Spielberg is planning a documentary based on these weird and unexplained accounts. At the time of writing, this appeared to be a hoax, though it was unclear who planted stories in the Russian media. 

True or not about Spielberg's interest, the lake is perhaps the biggest focus of UFOs in Russia. 

The versions of extra-terrestrial activity at Baikal - edged by mountains and containing one-fifth of the world's unfrozen freshwater - relate to supposed aliens seen by military divers in its depth, and large 'spaceships' hovering over its grey, moody expanses. 

Some of the images here show what two photographers claimed were UFOs buzzing the lake, while others are mock-ups from NTV based on descriptions of an incident at Kudara-Somon, in Buryatia, exactly a quarter of a century ago. 

A number of sightings also indicate bright 'cigar-shaped' objects in the sky flying over Baikal, as in the top picture.

UFO on Baikal

UFO on Baikal

NTV channel mock-up of 'flying saucer' based on accounts by residents of Kudara-Somon village in 1990. Pictures: NTV 

A case for which there were no images, but an intriguing description, occurred at Kurma, Irkutsk region, in 17 April 1987. The words that follow are from Valery Rudentsov, a local resident of  nearby Shida village:

'There was 13 of us. At about 12.20am, one of our guys went out into the yard, a few seconds later runs, and calls all of us out. He stood in the centre of the yard and pointed his finger at the sky. 

'Diagonally from his gesture - 150 metres above us -  hung a huge flying saucer. From the centre of the plate went a phosphorescent purple ray. And at the edges of the plate were yellow portholes, almost like in our rural houses. The diameter of the plate was 70 metres. We saw it so clearly and for a long time, someone even suggested he throw a stone at it ... 

'The weather was amazingly quiet, no sound was heard from the hanging saucer, although behind us was the village of Kurma - there was the noise of a dog barking, the lowing of cows. We were spellbound.

'It was a full moon and the visibility was so clear that no one of us could doubt the reality of what we saw. And then the plate slid smoothly away, sailed along the shore of the bay and further slipped into the hills of Olkhon. Neither before nor after have I ever met such a thing.

'But since that time it has been a kind of sacrilege to me - not to believe in UFOs. My friend Alexander, a hunter, and his colleagues who lived there for 20 years, often see UFOs - and all is fine, he is still alive. So if to speak about glowing balls or 'cigars', we constantly see these on the shores of Lake Baikal. They exist.'

The case highlighted by NTV channel was on 16 May 1990 in the village of Kudara-Somon, in Kyakhtinsky district, some 300 km from Ulan-Ude, capital of the Republic of Buryatia.

Margarita Tsybikova

Marina Zimireva

Marina Zimireva

Margarita Tsybikova recalls the UFO's visit to Kudara-Somon. Marina Zimireva shows where the 'flying saucer' landed. Pictures: NTV 

Olga Fedorova, a local resident, recalled: 'At some moment everything turned yellow. My daughter came home from school. I looked - her face was yellow.'

The explanation soon became clear, according to accounts from villagers. 

Vasily Timofeev spoke of a flying saucer. 'Its diameter was around 30 meters, it shone brightly. But I did not see a clear image of metal or something like this.'

Another resident Margarita Tsybikova said: 'From this dish came down people in shiny, shimmering costumes.' Olga explained: 'There were people, as far as I remember, three people in shining yellow suits. Seems there were people, yes.'

Marina Zimireva, who also says she witnessed this extraordinary sight, said: 'It was some kind of circle, it can be said, it was like a disk. It turned on the edge and and, well, windows were visible.

'I personally decided for myself that they were people. They had some human image. They were the same - straight, slender, they had arms and legs. And their gait was the same as ours. A little lower down there were three in orange suits. They went down from the disk like a man  - the steps were very visible.'

Then, as they recounted the strange event, the 'aliens' saw the people watching them. They returned to their spaceship and flew away. 

Nikita Tomin

Nikita Tomin

A picture taken by Nikita Tomin, shows three green-shaded lights on a UFO flying above a lakeside resort in Irkutsk region. Pictures: Baikal Press, NTV

Game warden Gennady Lipinsky also recalls seeing a UFO. 'When I saw it, it was flying low. Until it disappeared over the horizon, I kept looking at it. I call it a fireball, and what it really was - I cannot know.'

The chairman of the Union of Photographers of Buryatia, Sergey Konechnykh, Ulan-Ude, was quoted about a much more recent incident, on 9 July 2009, at around 10pm.

'My son and I went out to the balcony, to see the last of the waning sunset. Suddenly there appeared these two glowing points and they hovered over the water.'

His pictures of this incident are clear yet perhaps raise as many questions as they answer. They show two glows in the night sky, featuring a yellow core with an orange-red surround. 

By his account, the mysterious crafts rose and rebased elsewhere on Baikal's surface. 

Around the same time, Anna Vinogradova, recalled a different but equally strange sight on the water. 'We were standing with tents on the beach and at night we saw orange-red flashes, as if a huge fires,' she said. 

At Listvyanka in July 2010, a picture taken by Nikita Tomin, shows three green-shaded lights on a UFO flying above the lakeside resort in Irkutsk region.

Sergey Konechnykh

Sergey Konechnykh

Sergey Konechnykh

Sergey Konechnykh

The chairman of the Union of Photographers of Buryatia, Sergey Konechnykh shows the pictures he made in July 2009. Pictures: NTV, Sergey Konechnykh

'It flew right above us, very low. The object was shining down on us with a green light. We were a bit scared,' he said. 

But the accounts also include 'aliens' in the deep waters of Baikal. Interestingly, unlike several other Siberian lakes, Baikal is not seen as home to a Loch Ness-style monster, but rather boasts space-like aliens under its murky surface.

For example, Vyacheslav Lavretevich, a rescuer, recalled an incident but did not give the date. 'We were  on a yacht on Lake Baikal, and from under us flew out a huge glowing disk. It blinded us, and for a second flew into the sky. 

'We did not even have time to grab  any cameras, nor take video, although many of us saw it. It was a huge - and lit up all of our yacht. In diameter it was probably 500-700 metres, a huge disk.

'For three minutes it shone from below (the surface), and then abruptly departed in a second. The spectacle was huge, awesome. Beautiful, and shocking.'

Vyacheslav Lavretyevich

Oleg Chichulin

Vyacheslav Lavretevich, a rescuer, recalled an incident on Baikal. Oleg Chichulin saw strange objects near Cape Svyatoi Nos. Pictures: NTV

Oleg Chichulin was also on a boat, training students. Near Cape Svyatoi Nos they saw strange objects. 

'There was a ball that glowed. And then this ball started to fade, fade and blush. And it turned into a red ball. This red ball for a while lay on the water, and then began to sink. And all this gradually, gradually went under the water. And it became dark.'

Yet there are even more intriguing accounts of underwater aliens in the vast lake. 

In 1977, when Leonid Brezhnev ruled the Kremlin, two researchers named V  Alexandrov and G Seliverstov, were in a submersible device at a depth of 1200 metres in the lake. 

The researchers turned off their spotlights, to explore the depth of penetration of sunlight into the water. Suddenly the scientists were bathed in light from an unusual 'glow'.

Aleksandrov recalled: 'It was so like if our device was lit from above and the side by two strong spotlights. Only a minute later, unknown floodlights went out, and we found ourselves in total darkness.'  

UFO on Baikal

In 1977 two researchers named V  Alexandrov and G Seliverstov, were in a submersible device at a depth of 1200 metres in the lake and observd strange lights. Picture: Vokrug Sveta

In 1982, seven military divers were reported to have come across aliens under the waters of Baikal. Alexey Tivanenko, a doctor of history, said: 'At a depth of 50 metres, they met  swimmers, around three metres tall, dressed in tight-fitting silvery suits. They did not have any scuba or other devices, just helmets on their heads. 

'They received an order to catch the Ihtiander (half-boy, half-shark, from modern Russian folklore) - but they were immediately washed ashore with signs of decompression.

'They had two decompression devices, but one was broken. All seven people could not be put inside, so they put only four of them. And those three people, who were not put in the device, died on the beach.'

Tivanenko has likened the descriptions to ancient petroglyphs seen by some as being aliens visiting Earth. 'I have hundreds of drawings with these 'Sons of the Sky',' he told NTV. 

'They are united by the fact that all of them are tall, dressed in suits, all with the helmets on their heads. And there are mechanisms used by astronauts today.'

UFO on Baikal

UFO on Baikal

UFO on Baikal

'I have hundreds of drawings with these 'Sons of the Sky', told Alexey Tivanenko. Pictures: NTV

Reports  surfaced several days ago in the Russian media that Spielberg was expected at Baikal in May, and that he intends to make a documentary entitled Depth 211.

Citing the 'press service' of  MUFON - the Mutual UFO Network, a US-based organisation that investigates UFO sightings - news source and others reported his trip. 

Yet there was no confirmation from the Hollywood director, who has made such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, would be arriving, nor further detail on the reported project.

Later, Komsomolskaya Pravda and IA Teleinform denied the reports but without quoting any sources close to the director. 

Comments (33)

An interesting fairy tale for adults. Enjoyable. Thanks.
PolO Aviless, US
02/09/2019 02:13

I think that the underwater breathing apparatus worn by the 'people of the lake' are an artificial lung of advanced technology that we are just now starting to realize is science fact and attainable to our level of tech if not already in classified inventory somewhere. I do not blame the 'neighbors' for defending themselves when presented with hostile intentions by a military force. Notice that no follow on encounter has been made or 'declassified'. The people living in the lake likely are hiding from someone else whom we do not know. Such deep water and fresh water found no where else is a perfect cover. The locals are not afraid of them but I think really like these earth dwellers from maybe long ago, who knows. There is much to learn from them if we would show ourselves worthy.
Yakov Lanskiy, Yreka, CA, United States
08/07/2019 11:34
All cryptid creatures and "aliens" are fro another dimension.a dimension of fallen angels that once were commonplace on earth,but now can only be seen when they want us to see them or when surprised.
wyatt earp, usa
24/12/2018 16:07
I've seen a ufo on two occasions. I firmly believe that they exist.
James Hawkins, Jfferson city, Missouri, U.S..A.
10/06/2018 00:00
Why? With the obvious pre-op intelligence, would they send warriors on a diplomatic mission. And then further compound a casccade failure with taking an offensive position, when they should have responded in kind to the swimmers obvious attempts to establish an open line of communication and/or rapport.
Wylder Bibby, Albuquerque, NM, USA
15/02/2018 10:42
There is a comprehensive run down of the facts and the stories surrounding Lake Baikal here
Steve, Malaga/Spain
08/05/2017 20:53
After reading numerous stories about paranormal sightings including these about the mysteries behind the depths of Lake Baikal, it is difficult to rubbish all these stories as lies or untruths. the stories are corroborated by eye witnesses and from the descriptions they gave about the undersea flying objects, they are truly overawing, shocking, mind boggling as well as shocking. I could feel for the eyewitnesses.
Ram Godd, Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
06/04/2017 13:25
Human interractions with space beings is old as time. Peruvian incas claim descent from jupiter millions of years ago,some hindus claim descent from procyon star, japanese from the solar surface ( that science is realizing is not really hot!), chinese from mars,some african tribes like dogon of mali who know the sirius star better than astronomers,some aryans who claim descent from a huge wandering artificial planet nibiru, charted by astronomers now as rylo 17 etc. It is amazing and a new science of exo anthropology should take off in universities
mirinedoromba, lagos
31/03/2017 17:00
Here is one of the satellite images
Simon Ovens, Colorado, USA
04/07/2016 18:05
I just saw satellite images of 3 mile wide circles in the ice. One image should the ice around the circle all smashed up. Looking through early satellite images show that the circles appear elsewhere on the lake. Definitely the best place to find proof of underwater/underground beings.

For those who think why would they not say "hi", do you say hi to ants?
Simon ovens, Colorado, USA
04/07/2016 17:26
In the decade leading up to 2012, red ball of light became the UFOs dujour the world over Their depictions are seen in megalithic cultures of the Middle East, where academics have long called them the 'sun disc.' From the Great Northeast Blackout in the US, to their long history over Russia, red balls of light (baal/) have been depicted in medieval art, Holy texts and ancient cultures where they were once deemed fiery chariots or fireballs - a red ball accompanies Elijah, while inside the world's ancient places of worship we see Holy figures peering down at us from inside them. In fact, the Favarahar or "winged orb/disc" symbol has been a symbol of culture and its link to the gods the world over for 6000 yrs of longer: Jain India, Peru, the Hopewell, Mesopotamia, the Hopi, the Mixtec, the Washington DC UFO Flap, the Great Northeast Blackout, Tunguska, Height 611, the Letter from he Anunnaki Youtube videos ... the space brothers are still with us. Brett Allen Cover UFO Magazine 2009
Brett Allen, New York USA
23/03/2016 05:14
the darlington farm case. was used in movie close encounters of third kind
06/04/2015 11:33
Judging by the first photo at the top of the flash of light behind and to the left of the mountain range at the right from perspective the possible "UFO" is correctly reflected it's light upon the water. Not only that but it appears to be a satellite rocket launch. These kinds of UFO observations are for amateur sky watchers. My observation of this "ufo" is concluded as a man made satellite. Further analysis into this article could reveal unknown results further than that which we are already not aware of. Proceed with caution. The truth is out there.
jam, forest
05/04/2015 19:17
with the tec we have today we are watching are own space ships. for real.
william lee, douglas arizona usa
05/04/2015 15:50
When I was about 12 years old(last 2.years) me my sister saw a U.F.O. last Deember. And when I was just a Grade 5 student.,me and my friend saw a green light moving. Well... It doesn't look like a bright glowing light. It's a faint one in a shape of a person. I kind of freak out because I saw it in the woods, but the hardest part for them to believe is the, the faint green light was going near and far from us. Making it hard to believe that it is a U.F.O. or maybe something supernatural...
Chelsea Divine Gillego, Cavite , Philippines
02/04/2015 09:03

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