September 27, 1989
Location: Voronezh, Russian Federation
story of the Voronezh aliens recounts the adventures of
several young children who claimed to have seen a three-eyed
alien with a robot escort. The alien was said to be about
nine foot tall. The craft, according to eye witness testimony,
landed on the outskirts of the city. Shortly thereafter,
the tall alien appeared, and upon seeing the young lad,
shot a type of weapon at him, causing him to vanish before
the eyes of the other people around him.
Sketches of the UFOs and robots/beings drawn by some of
the witnesses. The top-left
drawing of the UFO and robot is by sixth-grader Roma Torshin;
and the top-right drawing by
Genya Blinov. (credit: Hesemann / Jacques Vallee)
Artist's rendition of the Voronezh landing by Elena Penkova.
Sketch of the object by one of the children who witnessed
Some of the children of Voronezh: Lena Sarokina; Vasya
Surin; Vova Startsev; Alyosha
Nikonov. (credit: Michael Hesemann)
UFO Casebook/other sources
to original source]
of the most bizarre accounts of UFO folklore involves
an incident that allegedly occurred in Voronezh, Russia.
This case was reported in the United States by the St.
Louis Dispatch. The story was originally published on
October 11, 1989, in America, but its origin was the Russian
report recounts the adventures of several young children
who claimed to have seen a three-eyed alien with a robot
escort. The alien was said to be about nine foot tall.
The craft, according to eye witness testimony, landed
on the outskirts of the city. Shortly thereafter, the
tall alien appeared, and upon seeing the young lad, shot
a type of weapon at him, causing him to vanish before
the eyes of the other people around him.
are several important elements one must keep in mind regarding
this extremely strange case of a close encounter. The
original details of the case were brought forward by Genrikh
Silanov, head of the Voronezh Geophysical Laboratory,
who gave details to the TASS agency. Silanov stated that
the media took an enormous amount of creative freedom
with his report.
believe all you hear from Tass," he stated. "We
never gave them part of what they published."
take this statement to mean that only a part of the news
agency's report was based on the facts obtained from Silanov.
agency had informed the entire world that Russian scientists
had confirmed that an alien spaceship carrying giants
with tiny heads had landed in Voronezh, a city of over
800,000 people located about 300 miles southeast of Moscow.
They stated that as many as three of these giant creatures
had emerged from the alien ship. The ship was described
as a large, shining ball. These strange creatures were
said to have walked in a nearby park, accompanied by a
menacing robot. Ironically, TASS was the only media member
to print the story in Russia. The newspaper Pravda declined
to print, or comment on the strange tale.
defense of the TASS account, Soviet reporter Skaya Kultura
said that the agency was following the ''the golden
rule of journalism. The reader must know everything.''
TASS account stated that the UFO landed in Voronezh on
September 27, 1989, at 6:30 p.m. Young boys playing soccer
witnessed the event, stating that a pinkish glow preceded
the descent of the unusual flying craft. The pink glow
became a deep red as it touched down. Most witnesses described
the object as a flattened, disc shape. A crowd quickly
gathered, and peered through a hatch that opened. They
saw a "three-eyed alien about 10 feet tall, clad
in silvery overalls and bronze-colored boots and wearing
a disk on his chest."
TASS account also stated: "A boy screamed with
fear, but when the alien gazed at him, with eyes shining,
he fell silent, unable to move. Onlookers screamed, and
the UFO and the creatures disappeared."
to the report, about five minutes later, they reappeared.
The alien had an object similar to a pistol - a tube about
20 inches long, which it pointed at an unidentified 16-year-old
boy, making him disappear. The alien went inside the sphere,
which then took off. At the same time, the boy reappeared.
and eyewitnesses of the abnormal phenomenon have been
questioned by police workers and journalists,"
wrote E. Efremov, the Voronezh correspondent for Soviet
are no discrepancies in the description of the sphere
itself or the actions of the aliens. Moreover, all the
children who became witnesses to this event are still
afraid, even now."
drawings were made by some of the children who supposedly
witnessed the events of Voronezh. A couple of these are
included here. One of the drawings showed the Cyrillic
alphabet character "zhe" on the side
of the UFO.
listed three witnesses' names, all of whom were youngsters.
They also stated that a group of international researchers
would be investigating the claims of the witnesses.
residents interviewed later claimed they had observed
this UFO not just during the above incident but also many
times on September 21, 23, 29 and October 2, between 6
and 9 p.m. Some of these incidents involved a different
entity: small, with grayish-green face and blue overcoat
resembling a loose raincoat.
phenomenal account is still in need of more eyewitness
testimony and research. The Voronezh landing remains an
Saucer Review 34, 4;
UFO Journal 259 and 260,
Chronicles of the Soviet Union.