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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.

March 1978, Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, I. Rumyantseva:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Sensationalist Russian ufologist Valdimir Azazha reportedly told that in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, on March 1978, at night, 30-year old I. Rumyantseva, an engineer at the local Central Construction Bureau, was on vacation and was sleeping in a wooden shack in a forested area together with her companions.

Suddenly, she awoke and saw two figures in the room, wearing tight fitting suits similar to divers suits, smooth and polished.

The figures carried sources of light, similar to flashlights, in their hands, that they pointed at the sleeping people.

No one else woke up. Mrs. Rumyantseva pretended to be asleep while she watched the figures. They stood motionless and manipulated their "flashlights". Suddenly she felt paralyzed and at the same moment she heard voices in her head. They wondered why she pretended to be asleep.

Soon after that the humanoids began to examine the paralyzed victim. They were especially concerned with her spine. She was unable to move. Soon the paralysis subsided and when she opened her eyes the two figures were gone.

The next morning the occupants of the shack all felt sick, some had headaches and others vomited.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001269
Date of event: Mars 1978
Earliest report of event: 2007?
Delay of report: Day, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufologist Vladimir Azazha.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Ufologist.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: November 27, 2011
This file last updated on: November 27, 2011
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Karelia
Type of location: In bed in shack.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: 30
Witnesses types: Woman. Engineer at the local Central Construction Bureau. On vacation.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Tight fitting, smooth, like divers suit.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard. "Telepathy".
Entities actions: Enter shack where witness sleep, point flashlight at sleeping people.
Entities/witness interactions: Point flashlight at sleeping people, emit by telepathy wondering why witness pretends to be asleep.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, paralyzed, pretends to be asleep.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible hypnagogic hallucinationwith sleep paralysis, or ufologist's invention.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, on March 1978, at night, 30-year old I Rumyantseva an engineer at the local Central Construction Bureau was on vacation and was sleeping in a wooden shack in a forested area together with her companions. Suddenly she awoke to see two figures amid the room. The figures wore tight fitting suits, similar to divers, smooth and polished. The strange pair carried sources of light in their hands (similar to flashlights), which they pointed at the sleeping people. No one else woke up. Mrs. Rumyantseva pretended to be asleep while she watched the figures. The figures stood motionless and manipulated their "flashlights". Suddenly she felt paralyzed and at the same moment she heard voices in her head. They wondered why she pretended to be asleep. Soon after that the humanoids began to examine the paralyzed victim. They were especially concerned with her spine. She was unable to move. Soon the paralysis subsided and when she opened her eyes the two figures were gone. The next morning the occupants of the shack all felt sick, some had headaches and others vomited.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Vladimir G Azazha, PhD, Anton Anfalov."

Points to consider:

Vladimir Azazha's credibility is strongly disputed by Russian ufologist Boris Shurinov - see his book "OVNIS en Russie - Les deux faces de l'ufologie russe", Guy Tredaniel publisher, France, 1995. (Anton Anfalov compiled such cases later without claiming any credibility of the stories).

That said, admitting the veracity of the report, it is obvious that all this could have been a simple hypnagogic hallucination episode with the typically associated sleep paralysis.

The "figures" are of no great strangeness, they could have been companions of the witness who would have entered the shack with flashlights simply to make sure that everything is ok there. The light of the lamps is a typical trigger for hypnagogic episodes, puttin the witness out of deep sleep, the body remaining asleep, "paralysed".

It is even possible that the "bad dream" is also due to some food poisoning, the clue being that the occupants of the shack "all felt sick, some had headaches and others vomited".

Although hypnagogic experiences are now quite understood in the medical literature on non-pathological sleep disorders and sleep phenomena, although there are knowledgeable ufologists who understand this phenomenon, many other ufologists are still unable to identify such causes when they apply and still believe such experiences are alien encounters or alien abductions.

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not properly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source has no credibility. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe November 27, 2011 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross The possibility of an hypnagocic hallucination episode apparently not considered. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible hypnagogic hallucinationwith sleep paralysis, or ufologist's invention.

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 November 27, 2011 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross November 27, 2011 First published.

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