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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:

In a article published in 1981 in a ufology magazine, it seems that Russian ufologist Nikita Schnee reported that a respected high rank officer of the Red Army, or some military man named Anatoly, had an encounter with "entities" near the shores of a place indicated as Lake Pyrogovskoye at the end of May or at the beginning of June 1978.

The entities are described as wearing dull color cellophane-like clothes and to have led him to a "room" where they gave him "salted lemonade" to drink and had a long chat with him. According to various versions' circulating on the Internet without reference of source, the officer was amazed that these aliens didn't even know that alcohol was welcome to celebrate this intergalactic meeting - the aliens told they came from another galaxy. They are said to have produced some alcohol thanks to the chemical formula that the officer then gave them. As the officer found it decidedly amazing that such an advanced extraterrestrial civilization does not know about alcohol, those virtuously answered back that maybe if we had used they we would not be so highly developed.

The entities are said to have told him that they were observing the Earth but did not want to interfere with our business.

The entities are said to have decided to erase the memories of the events from the officer's mind but it worked only partly.

The officer is said to have found himself laying, back where he had initially met them, with his mind somewhat hazy, apparently from the salted lemonade, or perhaps by the alcohol, and there was "an apparent time distortion."

Back home, it appears that his wife did not want him to talk about the encounter to his chiefs, but he had to because he had been missing from duty while with the aliens. It is told that the Red Army was finally convinced that he told the truth, thanks to hypnosis and the lie detector, the case then variously being presented as "officially admitted alien abduction by the Red Army" or "verified to experts' satisfaction" as "genuine."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000313
Date of event: End May or beg. June 1978
Earliest report of event: 1981
Delay of report: 3 years.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology magazine FSR.
First certain record by: Ufology book.
First alleged record type: Ufology magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology book.
This file created on: September 27, 2007
This file last updated on: September 27, 2007
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Not found.
Type of location: Uncertain. Near lake.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Military man, or high rank officer.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: Several.
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Cellophane-like.
Entities outfit color: Dull grey.
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 reported. Telepathy.
Entities actions: Take witness in a room, chatter, offer a drink.
Entities/witness interactions: Take witness in a room, chatter, offer a drink.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, discussed, drunk.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Aliens from another galaxy.
Explanation category: Invented by ufologists.
Explanation certainty: Medium.


[Ref. jr1:] JENNY RANDLES:

Jenny Randles indicates that one of the rare investigators in the Soviet Union where UFO investigation is somewhat suppressed by the Communist state reported on a case involving a high-ranking and respected officer in the Russian army, who in late May/early June 1978 encountered entities by the shores of the Pyrogovskoye Lake.

The entities wore dull-colored cellophane-like garments and led him to a "room" where they gave him some "salty lemonade" to drink and had a long talk with him.

The entities said they came from space and were observing the earth but could not interfere. They decided to clear the officer's memory of the events but only partly succeeded in this task.

The officer found himself back where he had first met them with his mind somewhat hazy and there was an apparent time distortion.

Jenny Randles indicates that detailed investigation verified to experts' satisfaction that the case was genuine.

She comments that the reports sounds much alike similar reports of the rest of the world although she estimates that there seems little likelihood that the officer had ever heard of alien contacts.

Jenny Randles indicates that the source is N. Schnee, in "Contact Reported Near Pyrogovskoye Lake", FSR, Vol. 26 #1, 1980.



Source: Abduction

A man met two beings and spoke via telepathy. He was given a drink which tasted like lemonade with salt in it. Afterwards he had trouble remembering.

EFFECTS: Amnesia - Taste - Telepathy


Soviet Abduction

In May, 1978 the Soviet Union experienced their first admitted abduction. A Russian named Anatoly, who was serving under the military at the time, was walking along the shore of Pyrogovskoye Lake. Two humanoid beings appeared and communicated with him via telepathy. He was taken to a strange room white in color with light seeming to ooze from unknown places. Anatoly spoke with the two beings and attempted to recruit them to help fight the evils of the world like capitalism. They appeared to be wearing "cellophane suits". The aliens said they were visiting from another galaxy and waiting for when the earth would be ready for full contact. They gave him a salty lemonade-like drink containing an amnesia-inducing agent. Anatoly asked the aliens why such an advanced civilization did not drink alcohol. The aliens responded, "Perhaps if we did then we would not be such an advanced civilization."

The next Anatoly knew he was laying on the shore of the lake alone. In a daze he walked home feeling disorientated. His wife did not want him to discuss the abduction for fear of reprisals from the government. He had missed a job though during the time he was missing and had no alternative but to report the incident to his superiors. The Red Army initially thought Anatloy had made the story up to avoid a court martial for failing his duty. After psychological analysis, hypnosis, batteries of tests, and a lie detector test the Red Army was persuaded he was telling the truth. The fact that the incident came out at all during the Cold War raises questions. The whole incident might be misinformation meant to mislead the US about alien-Soviet contact. Also questions arise as to if there was any other alien activity prior to this event. The abduction occurred almost twenty-one years after the Roswell incident. The possibility does exist though that the USSR was visited by life from beyond this planet.

There is no source, no publishing date and no author for the above text.


Occasionally there is some light relief. In spring 1978 a Red Army officer was abducted by the shores of the Pyrogovskoye Lake in Russia. Once he had got used to his humanoid hosts, he suggested they ought to toast this cross-cultural contact with a suitable drink. They did not understand. So he sketched out the chemical structure of alcohol and the aliens retired and immediately made some. "How is it that such a highly developed civilisation does not use something like this?" the Russian asked. "Maybe if we had used it we would not be so highly developed," was the response.

Points to consider:

It seems that we are supposed to believe without any shred of evidence that the Red Army "admitted" that on of their high rank officers met aliens and was suprized that they wouldn't share some vodka with him the occasion.

However, I failed to locate a Lake Pyrogovskoye or Pyrogovskaya in Russia or ex-USSR. It seems that there exists embankments of this name at lake Ba´kal, another in Moscow, another in Saint Petersburg, but I could not find a lake of this name.

Russian ufologist Nikita A. Schnee, primary source for this case by his article in the Flying Saucer Review in 1981 (and not 1980) proves to have been a partner of Vladimir Azhazha, [aka Ajaja], a sensationalist ufologist known for his pure inventions of UFO sightings.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 27, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source in FSR missing. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 27, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Dubious sources with no corroboration: no credibility. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe September 27, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Unique and unnamed witness, untraceable. Help needed. Opened.


Invented by ufologists.

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 September 27, 2007 Creation, [jr1], [js1], [ac1], [dw1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 27, 2007 First published.

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