Sokolov, a retired Russian colonel
from a distinguished military family, ran an
unprecedented study, the likes of which, he is undoubtedly
correct in saying, will never be repeated. He worked as
a coordinator for anomaly studies at the Soviet Defense
Ministry and Academy of Sciences during 1978 - 1989.
"For 10 years", Sokolov says, "the
entire Soviet Union became one gigantic UFO listening post".
The year was 1980.
had 40 cases where our pilots encountered UFOs,"
said Sokolov. "Initially, they were commanded
to chase, then shoot, the UFO. But when our pilots would
engage, the UFO would speed up. The pilot would give chase,
lose control and crash." That happened three
times. Twice, the pilots died. "After that,"
Sokolov said, "the pilots received another order:
When they see a UFO, they should change course - and get
out." With the exception of the original "engage"
order, Sokolov says the Soviets adapted a passive observation
stance - if they saw a UFO, fine. The Soviet attitude
was unlike the Americans, Sokolov says, who had
set up some 30 radar stations to track UFOs.
October 5, 1983 is a date Sokolov will long remember.
He received an order from his
commander to leave immediately for an ICBM base in the
Ukraine. The reason for the urgency? A report
from the base commander to the Chief of the General Staff
that the day before, from 4 until
8 that evening,
a UFO had been observed near the base. During that time,
the lights had lit up on the base control panel - the
launch codes for the ICBMs had,
received an order to prepare the launch of the ICBMs,"
said Sokolov. "The chief of the General Staff
wasted no time in sending in our UFO experts."
Fortunately, no missiles were launched. Rimili Avramenko's
world is somewhat unique. He is one of the chief scientists
working on Russia's version of SDI. Avramenko has been
entrusted with the highest possible clearances. We began
our interview of this highly-regarded scientist with what
we thought would be a good ice-breaker: is the UFO phenomenon
for real? The question was quickly brushed aside, in no
uncertain terms. "My colleagues and I don't even
think that's a question!" he bellowed. "Of
course, they are real!"
exchange of information between aliens and humans, the
scientist claims, has led to the development of what he
referred to as the "weapon of the aliens,"
the plasma beam. The space age weaponry was incorporated
into the Soviet version of SDI. Dr. Avramenko also confirmed
for us that the Russians knew UFOs were from somewhere
else as early as 1959. The Americans knew that too, he
said, because both sides had the same type of satellite
defense warning systems. Dr. Avramenko shared with us
a couple of other startling pronouncements: during
the Vietnam War,
a massive UFO flew over Hanoi.
Although every major weapon in that city had its sights
set on the craft,
it didn't budge. Dr. Avramenko also slipped
up and told us the only craft which can approach the speed
of UFOs is the American "Aurora" which is being
flown in Nevada. When the look of amazement registered
on our faces, Avramenko quickly back-tracked and said
his information was based solely on articles in the popular
of our meetings put us across the table from the Ministry
of Defense official who is in charge of the current study.
By agreement, we are not yet able to make his name public,
but we can give the name of the study, "Thread-3".
One illuminating section of those papers contains details
of UFO sightings by Soviet cosmonauts.
Unlike American astronauts' reluctance to talk about the
subject, Soviet references to UFOs were reported from
the very beginning, with Yuri Gagarin himself. In the
documents, Gagarin is quoted as saying UFOs are real,
they fly at incredible speeds and that he would tell more
about what he had seen in orbit - provided he be given
permission to do so. The documents also provide information
on American space encounters, including several references
to things seen on the Moon by our astronauts, and how
that information was removed from NASA's public files.