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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1932, Shiryayevo, Samarskaya Luka, Russia, Victor Ageyev:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

From the tall-tales invented for public entertained by the Russian tabloids, we get in the CE3 catalogue Albert Rosales this nonsense published in the tablo´d Secretnye Materialy in 2005:

In Russia in 1932, Victor Ageyev, member of a special prospecting party from the Volgostroy together with other geologists had camped out outside the village of Shiryayevo and they studied the so-called "Shiryayevskiye natural tunnels" or caves in the Zhiguli Mountains on the Samarskaya Luka peninsula which was encircled by the river Volga opposite to the city of Samara (Kubyshev). Unfortunately during one of their expeditions there was a cave in or collapse but happily all of the geologists succeeded to crawl out of the cave - all of them except for Ageyev. A search that lasted for 2 days brought no result. So the other geologists considered that Ageyev was most probably dead.

But Ageyev, and hoping to find his way out, he began to crawl ahead along a narrow space where neither he nor any of the other prospectors had ever been before. He had a stock of canned food and dried crusts of bread with him and matches and an electric lantern with several reserve batteries. After an endless wandering through the narrow crevices he walked into a spacious "hall" with some corners filled with ice that unexplainably emitted a faint blue light.

Tt this moment a very strange thing occurred, Ageyev's mind was "switched off", "the familiar senses of hearing and hunger had disappeared." He entered a narrow corridor with huge ice blocks standing near the walls. These single blocks of iceeach contained in the center a strange humanoid creature, apparently frozen within the ice. There were many thousands of them.

Ageyev "found it extremely difficult to describe these creatures", and we get to learn that they had "large hairless heads, huge bulging eyes, massive bulbs on their forehead, small hands with three clawed fingers (one finger was opposite to the other two pressed to their bellies." And: "In general the creatures resembled bipedal dinosaurs with huge developed brains. Their bodies were massive, blue-greenish and scaly."

To make a long story short, Ageyev walked along the corridor, the icy blocks were getting larger and larger and so were the "monsters" contained within. Eventually, after hours, he sort of fainted, experience a so-called "time-lapse", and foudn himself 5 days later with his memories "erased" back at the surfaceon top of Mount Popova:

"He felt the fresh air on his face and the blinding sunlight was striking his face. As he recovered his consciousness he briefly saw sitting near him strange creature, similar to a very large dog. Its body was covered with hair; it had pointed dog-like ears and a doglike face. However Ageyev was so weak that he hardly paid any attention to the strange creature. Only when he returned back to the geologist's camp did he realized that he had been gone for five days and most of it he could not remember."

Of course, "Only near his death and almost on his deathbed did Ageyev decide to write down his recollections and submitted these records of what actually happened to him."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001633
Date of event: 1932
Earliest report of event: 2005
Delay of report: 7 decades.
Witness reported via: Deathbed confession.
First alleged record by: Russian sensation tabloid Secretnye Materialy.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Russian ensation tabloid.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 12, 2018
This file last updated on: August 12, 2018
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Samarskaya Luka
Type of location: Caves and moutnain.
Lighting conditions: Lighted by flashlight.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adult.
Witnesses types: Geologist.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1) Thousands, 2) 1.
Type of entities: 1) Reptilian, 2) dog-like
Entities height: Various.
Entities outfit type: Not reported or none.
Entities outfit color: Not reported or N/A.
Entities skin color: 1) blue-green.
Entities body: 1) bipedal scaly dinausor, 2) Dog-like.
Entities head: 1) Large, hailress, big brain, massive bulbs on forehead, 2) like dog.
Entities eyes: 1) Huge bulging.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: 1) clawed, with opposable finger.
Entities fingers number: 1) 3, 2) Not reported.
Entities hair: 1) hairless, 2) hait-covered..
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: 1) are frozen in ice blocks, 2) is there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Sensation tabloid invented story.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Shiryayevo, Zhiguli Mountains, Samarskaya Luka, Russia in 1932 in daytime "Near the great Russian River Volga, Victor Ageyev a member of a special prospecting party from the Volgostroy together with other geologists had camped out outside the village of Shiryayevo and were studying the so-called 'Shiryayevskiye natural tunnels' or caves in the Zhiguli Mountains on the Samarskaya Luka peninsula which was encircled by the river Volga opposite to the city of Samara (Kubyshev). Unfortunately during one of their expeditions there was a cave in or collapse but happily all of the geologists succeeded to crawl out of the cave - all of them except for Ageyev. A search that lasted for 2 days brought no result. So the other geologists considered that Ageyev was most probably dead. But several days later Ageyev appeared, safe and alive after descending into the village from the opposite slope of Zhiguli Mountain. But when the head of the special party, Barkov, heard of Ageyev's story about what had happened to him in the underground, he advised him to never tell anyone about it. This was dangerous during Stalin's times. Only near his death and almost on his deathbed did Ageyev decide to write down his recollections and submitted these records of what actually happened to him. When the cave in occurred his exit way was blocked by large stones. He began to crawl ahead along a narrow space where neither he nor any of the other prospectors had ever been before. He was hoping to find his way out of this underground trap to the surface. He had a stock of tinned/potted canned food and dried crusts of bread with him and also matches and an electric lantern with several reserve batteries. After an endless wandering through the narrow crevices he walked into a spacious 'hall' with some corners which were filled with ice. Unexplainably, in the darkness this icy hall emitted a faint blue light. And at this moment a very strange thing occurred, Ageyev's mind was 'switched off' the familiar senses of ear and hunger had disappeared. He entered a narrow corridor with huge icy masses or blocks of ice which stood near the walls. These were single blocks of ice, not a single mass. The most amazing thing was that in the center of each block of ice there was a strange humanoid creature, apparently frozen within the ice. Apparently there were many thousands of such icy crystals with these creatures. Incredible fantastic creatures were inside each icy cube. Ageyev found it extremely difficult to describe these creatures. They had large hairless heads, huge bulging eyes, massive bulbs on their forehead, small hands with three clawed fingers (one finger was opposite to the other two) pressed to their bellies. In general the creatures resembled bipedal dinosaurs with huge developed brains. Their bodies were massive, blue-greenish and scaly. The longer Ageyev walked along this cavernous corridor, the large the icy blocks got. The icy blocks were getting larger and larger and so were the 'monsters' contained within. Here he encountered several crystals, the inner side of which was covered by a net of thin cracklings. Near these crystals Ageyev felt an unexplained sadness. By now Ageyev had walked along this gloomy, somber dark and endless corridor (grave?) for three hours. Soon he arrived at a fork on the icy corridor which split in two. The left corridor, as far as he could see had the same monotonous cubes of ice stretched all along the walls, with their frozen alien occupants. On the right corridor Ageyev saw similar cubes of ice occupied with similar creatures which lacked the bulbous protrusions on their foreheads. At this moment Ageyev paused and chose the right corridor. At this same very moment he seemed to have experienced a sort of black out or time lapse, a large piece of his memory had simply slipped out (or erased?) from his mind. His next memory was of arriving at a broadening section of the corridor. In the center of the cavernous chamber the witness saw two solar reflections or sunrays, one upon the other. He had not choice but to walk through the center of this sunray. At that very same moment something struck Ageyev on his forehead with a powerful blow and he again blacked out. Ageyev again returned to his senses already on the surface, on top of Mount Popova which is positioned approximately 10 kilometers from Shiryayevo. He felt the fresh air on his face and the blinding sunlight was striking his face. As he recovered his consciousness he briefly saw sitting near him strange creature, similar to a very large dog. Its body was covered with hair; it had pointed dog-like ears and a doglike face. However Ageyev was so weak that he hardly paid any attention to the strange creature. Only when he returned back to the geologist's camp did he realized that he had been gone for five days and most of it he could not remember."

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "'Monsters of the Zhiguli Underground' in: 'Secretnye Materialy' Newspaper Saint Petersburg Russia, # 5 2005".

He comments: "This area is considered to be an anomalous zone, with a long history of strange phenomena, including UFO observations.".

Points to consider:

Let's be clear: after the end of the Soviet Union in the 1990's, and the resulting new freedom to publish, heaps of Russian magazines were inventing such nonsense stories of the kind of very bad science fiction. These did not really move most ufologists, for good reasons.

Below: A cover of the magazine "Sekretnye Materialy" from which this story comes:

The magazine is the Russian equivalent of tabloids like the Weekly World News in the USA.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
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Evaluation:

Sensation tabloid invented story.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 12, 2018 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 12, 2018 First published.

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