As Ian pointed out in several previous articles ( one, two, three, four) it’s become obvious that strange things have happened in Russia. Perhaps the Russians are more open-minded towards the UFO phenomenon or they’re just messing with the rest of the world. In any case, I’d like to present the Voronezh UFO incident, for your enjoyment, ladies and gentlemen.
I should note that this event might have happened or it might be nothing more than a media ruse but it’s an interesting one nonetheless.
As the story goes, on September 27, 1989, multiple residents of the Soviet city of Voronezh witnessed a close encounter of the nth kind. You know, the kind where aliens end up shooting people. The Soviet news agency TASS reported that on the evening of that particular day, several kids were kicking a ball in a park on the outskirts of Voronezh when they heard a whistling sound and saw a pinkish glow in the sky.
A crowd of onlookers quickly gathered as the pink glow turned dark red. Shortly after, a UFO in the shape of a flattened disk touched down in the park. A hatch opened and out came a 9-ft. tall alien followed by what could only be a robot. According to the witnesses’ report, the alien had a small head and three. It was wearing a silvery costume and bronze-colored boots and also had a disk strapped to its chest.
The dumbfounded crowd was left speechless, save for a boy who was so terrified he let out a scream. The invaders turned their attention to him and their gaze silenced and momentarily paralyzed the young boy. Naturally, this move did not go well with the public and they all panicked and screamed altogether. Perhaps this situation proved frustrating to the alien visitors since they vanished.
Five minutes later, they rematerialized. Witnesses say the alien now held a 20-inch long tube that resembled a pistol. As they made their way towards the UFO, a 16-year-old boy decided to play the brave and blocked their way. He was promptly dealt with by way of being shot with the alien weapon. The boy disappeared. Only then did the brave people of Voronezh run for their lives.
The intruders entered their spacecraft and shot to the skies. As the last trace of the pink glow faded, the boy reappeared, visibly shaken. If it weren’t for the memory-wipe, he might have had an impressive story to tell.
TASS noted that the witnesses underwent extensive questioning by the Soviet police and they maintained their statements. I don’t know about you but I certainly wouldn’t have appreciated being questioned by those bad boys and I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t have appreciated being lied to. Furthermore, the three youngsters cited as witnesses by TASS were later interviewed by other newspapers and stated that they were still very much afraid.
The young boys weren’t the only ones to step forward. As it would seem, the UFO was also witnessed by a member of the authorities, Lieutenant Sergei A. Matveyev of the Voronezh district police.
“At first I thought I must be really tired, but I rubbed my eyes and it didn’t go away. Then I figured, in this day and age, anything is possible. […] it was certainly a body flying in the sky,” NY Times quoted Lieut. Matveyev as saying.
According to some reports, an investigation would later reveal an increased concentration of the radioactive isotope cesium-133 in the area near the UFO’s alleged landing.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of evidence supporting this case. Although the incident was picked up by media all around the world, an extensive investigation has yet to be performed. If the witnesses indeed exist, objective interviews are needed. Until then, the Voronezh UFO incident remains an interesting story and an unsolved mystery.