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Russia Home to Record Number of UFO Crashes in 1989

Updated on March 28, 2015
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MUFON UFO Journal author (March 1995, June 1996). Self published on UFO Window website from 1997 to 2002. Hubpages articles began late 2011.

Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?

President Ronald Reagan, United Nations General Assembly, 21 September 1987

Strangely, not long after Reagan made this remark (which he actually stated in similar terms several times as early as 1985), humanoid sightings exploded after nearly a decade of a significant lack of UFOs and alien encounters. This was especially true in the then Soviet Union. More than half of the hundreds of humanoid and high strangeness reports for 1989 and 1990 originated from within that country.

Not only that, but reported UFO crashes in Russia also were epidemic. From early June to mid September 1989, there were no less than four different alleged crash events. There were also two others with less details that could have been confused with one of these four sightings. One of those occurred in the Autumn of 1989 (a small globe-shaped UFO exploded in Dushanbe, the capital of the Tadjikistan Republic) and the other probably in the last half of 1989 as reported in a Russian newspaper of about January 1990 (UFO shot down by Soviet surface-to-air missile near Vladivostok after it was tracked on radar).

Belgium also had a wave of sightings of triangular UFOs from November 1989 through March of 1990, but what we will be looking at here are the crashed UFO reports in Russia in mid to late 1989.

Back in the then Soviet Union and its eastern European satellite countries, the sightings mostly began in May 1989. The first reported UFO crash occurred in early June 1989. At that time, a UFO reportedly caught fire and crashed near the small town of Nyda, north of Tumen region of western Siberia. Live aliens were said to have been captured by the Soviet military and taken to the Odinstovo base near Moscow. All crash reports given here (unless otherwise stated) are from a list of 51 incidents that allegedly occurred from 1941 to 1997 entitled a "Chronology of UFO Crashes in the Former Soviet Union" by Anton A. Anfalov M.S. and Philip Mantle (

The next report also comes from this last source but more detail is given in a review of the case written by B J Booth, based on information from Anton Anfalov, Lenura Azizova and Alexander Mosolov ( An unidentified aerial object was detected on Soviet radar near the city of Prohladnyi, Russia at about 11am on August 10, 1989. It was declared to be hostile and Mig-25 interceptors were dispatched from Rostov and Krymsk to intercept and identify the object. Perhaps even before the mig jets had a chance to catch up with the object an order was given to bring it down using ground to air missiles. One such weapon disabled the UFO and caused it to crash into the Caucasian Mountains. A retrieval team located the cockleshell shaped object of 6.9 meters in length and 3 meters in height outside the town of Nizhnizy Chegem. The KGB began a cover-up operation as the object was transported to Mozdok Air Base where an investigative team was assembled. They were able to gain access into the craft via a partially opened entry way. Inside they found three aliens about 1.0-1.2 meters in height. Two were dead and one was injured but did not survive long. The bodies had an artificial whitish-gray skin protecting a blue-green reptilian like skin beneath. They were bald, had large, nearly round black eyes with protective lids. They had long thin arms and hands with three webbed fingers.

Incredibly, another crash reportedly occurred two days after this last one. The details of this account were written up by Albert S. Rosales, from his sources of Boris Arharov, Pavel Laptinov (St. Petersburg) and Anton Anfalov, in a chronology entitled "1989: The Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Return of the Humanoids" ( At night on August 12, 1989, as a result of a dogfight between two UFOs, one disk shaped craft lost control after a weapon was beamed at it by the other craft and it slammed into flat terrain at high speed outside of the State Central Test Range #4 at Kapustin Yar (a top secret military installation at the time). Just two weeks before (on the night of July 28-29, 1989) UFOs buzzed the same location and shook things up at the military facility. The retrieval team found a disk of from 5-8 meters in diameter and lens shaped (or convex). It was silver-metallic and extremely smooth and seamless. The recovery and examination of this object was so secret that almost all personnel at the top secret facility were kept in the dark about it. Specialists from the outside (mostly from Moscow) were brought to the scene. After 20 days using powerful laser equipment, a crack that had been caused by the crash was widened enough to allow personnel inside the craft. They found three dead aliens, two 1.3-1.4 meters tall and one 1.5-1.6 meters tall. They had large hairless heads, four webbed fingers on each long-thin hand, greenish-yellow-brown skin, long arms (like a monkey), long narrow legs and necks, huge slanted frog like eyes covered by black eye lenses, the noses were small protrusion with two holes, the mouths were just small slits, and the ears were tiny and pressed to the rear part of their heads.

The last incident was listed by my original source of 51 crash reports but also with more detail by writer B.J. Booth ( with his sources of Nikolay Subbotin, Emil Bachurin,, Semipalatinsk newspaper, and Publication, "Unsolved UFO Mysteries" (ISBN 0-446-60901-3) written by William J. Birnes, and Harold Burt. On September 16, 1989, in the skies over the port of Zaostrovka (on the fringe of Perm), hundreds of Russians witnessed six silver saucers chase a larger golden one out of a cloud bank and engage in battle; both sides directing weapon beams at each other. During the fight, they came within 5,000 feet of the ground, and the local power grid became disabled. The smaller silver saucers eventually succeeded in making the larger one lose control and crash into a bog on a nearby military test range. The gang of six UFOs then disappeared into a cloud bank. No details of the recovery by the military are known accept that some Russian soldiers were injured as a result. The area of the crash was off limits to the general public and the military facility where it occurred was eventually shut down and put under heavy guard.

Another crash report, outside of Russia occurred less than two weeks after this. On September 28, 1989, in Moriches Bay, Long Island, New York. More can be learned about this event at the following web site:

The date of this event also happens to exactly coincide with my estimate of when a 3.19 year (1165 day) UFO cycle peaked. This cycle often parallels periods of increased UFO sightings and crash reports. The range of its effect is about five months before and after the peak date. The crash reports given in this hub occurred within less than four months of the peak date.

Russian Roswell of 1948 (inspired this article) also at time of 3.19 year cycle peak

© 2013 Joseph Ritrovato


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