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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.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Apparently a simple rumor, which may have started in a New-Zealand UFO bulletin, or also in a Peruvian UFO book, claims say that a craft landed in the area of Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia, in 1961. A doctor is said to have seen the craft and its two occupants and to have taken photographs; which are nowhere to be found.

One later source claims the craft was rocket-shaped with two legs, another late source claims it was disc-shaped and the KGB covered-up the event.

Nothing else seems to be known.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000152
Date of event: 1961
Earliest report of event: September 1962?
Delay of report: 1 year?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Foreign ufology bulletin.
First certain record by: Foreign ufology book.
First alleged record type: Foreign ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Foreign ufology book.
This file created on: April 16, 2007
This file last updated on: April 16, 2007
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Irkutsk Oblast
Type of location: Not reported.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Doctor or medical doctor.
Photograph(s): Allegedly.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
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: Not reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, photographed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: No credibility, insufficient information.
Explanation certainty: High.



The author indicates that in 1961, in the surroundings of Irkutsk, a craft in the shape of a rocket, with four feet, was seen on the ground, as well as its two occupants, and was photographed by a doctor of nearby laboratory.

The author indicates that the source is the Flying Saucer Review for May 1967 publishing a correspondence of Robert Pinotti, and "N-Z.S.A.C.U." for September 12, 1962 on page 2.


The author indicates that in 1961, a rumor spread about a disc with two humanoids that were said to have been seen and photographed by a doctor close to Irkutsk in Soviet Union.

But "the KGB, or Soviet secret police, paid a visit to the witness and nothing more was heard about the film nor even of the fact."

The author indicates that this case is extracted from "A study on UFOs", a book by Richard Greenwell, an English researcher and secretary-general of the APRO, published a few years before in Peru.

Points to consider:

I was unable to find the book by Robert Greenwell mentioned by Antonio Ribera. One problem is that Ribera's editor translated the title which must have been in Spanish since it was published in Peru, to French.

I was unable to locate any group or publication from New-Zealand called "N-Z.S.A.C.U."

I am left with a vague rumor with starting points in New-Zealand and Peru, when the alleged event is in Russia. The two available version are even in contradiction since Durant talks of a rocket-shaped four-legged craft and Ribera of a disc-shaped craft. Ribera talks of a KGB cover-up while Durrant does not. No exact date, no time, no precise place, no witness name, no local source do not make much of a case here.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No primary source available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No trace of "N-Z.S.A.C.U.". Help needed. Opened.
3 Data Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Related Peruvian book by Robert Greenwell not identified. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Apparently a rumor. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Unique witness, unnamed. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe April 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Most basic data missing, such as exact date, time, place. Help needed. Opened.


No credibility, insufficient information.

Sources references:

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

Document history:


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

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 16, 2007 Creation, [hd1], [ar1].
0.2 Patrick Gross April 16, 2007 First published.

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