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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.

JANUARY 1912, BANKS OF RIVER VOLGA, RUSSIA, MR. V. DYCHKIN AND HIS FRIEND:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The following report appears in the Albert Rosales ufology catalogue, coming form the sensationalist Russian magazine "NLO", ("UFO"); which apparently picked it up in a 1914 issue of the Russian occult and theosophical magazine "Rebus".

In Russia, in January 1912, at night, Mr. V. Dychkin and his friend were driving during a snowy night in separate sledges along the banks of the river Volga.

Dychkin's friend was driving ahead. Suddenly, they encountered two "strangers" standing alongside of the road, and Dychkin invited them to seat on the sledges.

The two "strange looking men" convinced Dychkin not to continue home because of the storm, but to turn to the nearest town and spend the night there. Though Dychkin knew that there weren't any towns in the area, he drove against his will in the direction where the men told him.

One of the men then pointed and yelled out, "Look, there is the town!". Dychkin looked and to his amazement saw a beautiful scene, something resembling a huge strange "city" was located on a flat plateau, illuminated by thousands of lights positioned in a "fantastic" arrangement. He had never seen anything like it.

Convinced of the reality of his vision, Dychkin turned in the direction of the lights without hesitation. His companion followed and soon approached him. Suddenly both men were seized by incredible fear and rushed towards the road, never seeing where the two strangers had gone.

Dychkin looked back in the direction of the lights, but was surprised to see only the night gloom and darkness.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001130
Date of event: January 1912
Earliest report of event: 1914?
Delay of report: Day, 2 years?
Witness reported via: Occult magazine Rebus
First alleged record by: Occult magazine Rebus.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: Occult magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: February 26, 2013
This file last updated on: February 26, 2013
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Not reported.
Type of location: Banks of river, outside.
Lighting conditions: Night, snowy.
UFO observed: Uncertain
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 0 to 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Men.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 2
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Strange looking men.
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: Yes, speak witness language.
Entities actions: Invited on witness sledges, ask to go to nearest city, go when arriving at lights of dtrange city.
Entities/witness interactions: Invited on witness sledges, ask to go to nearest city.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not frightened, then frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probably invented by occult magazine. No certain relation quth the UFO and UFO occupants question.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that on the banks of the River Volga, Russia, in January 1912, at night, Mr. V. Dychkin and his friend were driving during a snowy night in separate sledges along the banks of the river. Dychkin's friend was driving ahead and he was following him. Suddenly they encountered two "strangers" standing alongside of the road, and Dychkin invited them to seat on the sledges. The two strange looking men convinced Dychkin not to continue home because of the storm, but to turn to the nearest town and spend the night there. Though Dychkin knew that there weren't any towns in the area, he drove against his will in the direction where the men told him. One of the men then pointed and yelled out, "Look, there is the town!" Dychkin looked and to his amazement saw a beautiful scene; something resembling a huge strange "city" was located on a flat plateau, illuminated by thousands of lights. The lights were positioned in a "fantastic" arrangement; he had never seen anything like it. Convinced in the reality of his vision Dychkin turned in the direction of the lights without hesitation. His companion followed and soon approached him. Suddenly both men were seized by incredible fear and rushed towards the road, never seeing where the two strangers had gone. Dychkin looked back in the direction of the lights but was surprised to see only the night gloom and darkness.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Rebus" Magazine, St. Petersburg 1914 German Mikhailov "NLO" Magazine # 50.

He comments that The lighted "city" could have been "a giant spacecraft but also the possibility of parallel worlds cannot be overlooked."

Points to consider:

"The Rebus", the magazine cited as the source, was a magazine by Russian spiritualists of theosophical ideas. It was published in St. Petersburg from 1883 to 1903, edited by V.N. Pribytkov, and from 1904 to 1917 in Moscow edited by P.A. Chistyakov. It generally published translations from European occult magazines, and from "Theosophist" in particular, but much of this spiritualist propaganda was conducted under various ruses, such as innocent rebuses and charades, only incidentally mentioning "Spiritualism".

So what we have with this report cannot be called a credible report which should be taken at face value, and it is not a "UFO report" or "UFO occupant report" per se.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 26, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 26, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not credible. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 26, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient descriptions and data. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe February 26, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probably invented by occult magazine. No certain relation quth the UFO and UFO occupants question.

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 February 26, 2013 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 26, 2013 First published.

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