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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 14, 1978, ROSTOV-ON-DON, ROSTOV OBLAST, RUSSIA, MIKHAIL BABKIN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A Russian UFO website apparently told that in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on January 14, 1978, at 06:00 a.m., three 18-year old men, Mikhail Babkin, Nikolay Leontyev and Vitaliy Kravchenko were in a room at the local sports complex "Oktyabryonok". They had been celebrating the passing of the old New Year with glasses of champagne and enjoying steam baths in the sauna and swimming pool, also eating mixed with some vodka.

At 06:00 a.m., the watchman "proposed" that the young men go home and accompanied them to the rear exit of the building, through a long and very narrow corridor with concrete walls without window located in the basement area near the pool's walls. They were walking along the corridor in the following order, the watchman walking ahead, followed by Leontyev, then Babkin, followed by Kravchenko.

Suddenly Mikhail seemed to trip, despite the narrow corridor and the smooth concrete floor deprived of potholes. He screamed and Leontyev turned around in amazement, not believing his eyes as he saw Babkin's shoulder penetrate into the concrete wall and in a moment Babkin's entire body vanishing into the wall.

The stunned men began examining the wall with their hands, looking for any doors or openings, but their hands only touched concrete.

Mikhail later told his friends that he had suddenly entered a small and dark room. To his left he could see an object like a medical examination chair. Across from him he could see a slightly opened door. There was a narrow window on the right wall of the room through which he saw treetops entirely covered in dense green leaves, moving about in a strong wind. Babkin was amazed as it was in the middle of winter, but outside this "window" it appeared to be summer and broad daylight. He was looking at a view of a fourth story floor whereas he had just been walking in an underground corridor.

As if in a trance, Babkin moved towards the slightly opened door and pushed it open. He then entered another room, also shrouded in gloom. There was a round platform on the ceiling gaving off a faint light, and no windows. A similar "medical chair" stood near the wall. He felt very lightheaded and moving like a robot, he walked forward and opened another door, stepping into the strangest room yet. It was absolutely dark, with some bright areas visible in the inky darkness.

The lights seemed to hypnotically influence Babkin. He became numb unable to look away from the lights. Suddenly he noticed several black humanoid figures that appeared in front of him, faintly lit by the pulsating patches of light. Their heads appeared rectangular in shape. There were five of them and they stood still in front of him. One of the humanoids, standing in the front, was slightly hunched over and appeared to be working some kind of device that gave off light. The device was not big, resembling a "corncob" with a pointy end; which was pointed directly at Babkin. The object emanated a very bright light but strangely it did not illuminate the surrounding area. Babkin then heard a male voice inside his head, saying "This one?" Another voice, also inside his head answered, "No not him". The first voice then said immediately, "Memory erasure is necessary". This phrase frightened Babkin terribly as he realized that it was his memory that was going to be erased.

Horrified, Babkin seemed to snap out of his confused state and ran out the door and suddenly jumped back into the corridor of the sports complex, screaming inarticulate remarks. He heard a door closed behind him with a loud slam, when he turned around the door was gone. His friends had been searching for him for about an hour, running across the complex in complete despair. But Babkin said he had spent only five minutes in "that other strange parallel world."

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000859
Date of event: January 14, 1978
Earliest report of event: 2007?
Delay of report: 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: "UFO" website.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: "UFO" website.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: September 20, 2008
This file last updated on: September 20, 2008
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Rostov Oblast
Type of location: Underground sports complex corridor.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 4
Witnesses ages: 18
Witnesses types: Not reported. Young men, intoxicated.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 5
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Uncertain, black.
Entities skin color: Uncertain, black.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Rectangular.
Entities eyes: Two, large, black.
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: Witness heard voices in his head.
Entities actions: Were there in strange rooms, pointed device at witness.
Entities/witness interactions: Pointed device at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported. Stunned.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible delirium tremens, or invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ag1:] AILEEN GAROUTTE:

From: AILEEN GAROUTTE (Ufocci@...)
To: Iren Czajka (IrenCzajka@...)
Sent: Sa., 2. Jun. 2007, 18:23
Topic: TODAY'S BLOG - REGULAR ONE HAS BEEN BLOCKED UNTIL THEY DETERMINE IT IS NOT SPAM

INTO ANOTHER WORLD

Location. Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Date: January 14 1978 Time: 0600A

Three 18-year old men, Mikhail Babkin, Nikolay Leontyev and Vitaliy Kravchenko were in a room at the local sports complex "Oktyabryonok". They had been celebrating the passing of the old New Year with glasses of champagne and enjoying steam baths in the sauna and swimming pool, also eating mixed with some vodka.

At 0600A the watchman proposed that the young men go home and accompanied them to the rear exit of the building, through a long corridor with concrete walls without windows. The corridor was located in the basement area near the pool's walls. They were walking along the corridor in the following order, the watchman walking ahead, followed by Leontyev, then Babkin, followed by Kravchenko. The corridor was very narrow.

Suddenly Mikhail seemed to trip, despite the narrow corridor and the obvious lack of reason. The smooth concrete floor had no potholes. However Babkin's left leg had trip over some kind of "hole". He screamed and Leontyev turned around in amazement. He could not believe his eyes as he saw Babkin's shoulder penetrate into the concrete wall and in a moment Babkin's entire body vanished into the wall. He disappeared, apparently dissolving into the wall (!).

The stunned witnesses began examining the wall with their hands looking for any doors or crevasses but their hands only touched concrete.

Mikhail later told his friends that he had suddenly entered a small and dark room. To his left he could see an object, which resembled a medical examination chair. Across from him he could see a slightly opened door. There was a narrow window on the right wall of the room. He could see tops of trees entirely covered in dense green leaves, they were moving about in a strong wind. Babkin was amazed, it was in the middle of winter, but outside this "window" it appeared to be summer and broad daylight. Also a few seconds ago he had been walking in an underground corridor and here he was looking at a view of a fourth story floor.

Moving as if in a trance Babkin moved towards the slightly opened door and pushed it open. He then entered another room, also shrouded in gloom. There was a round platform on the ceiling that gave off a faint light and there were no windows in the room. A similar "medical chair" stood near the wall. He felt very lightheaded and moved about like a robot, he walked forward and opened another door stepping into the strangest room yet. It was absolutely dark, with some bright areas visible in the inky darkness.

The lights seemed to hypnotically influence Babkin. He became numb unable to look away from the lights. Suddenly he noticed several black humanoid figures that appeared in front of him, faintly lit by the pulsating patches of light. Their heads appeared rectangular in shape. There were five of them and they stood unmoving in front of him. One of the humanoids, standing in the front was slightly hunched over and appeared to be working in some kind of device that gave off light. The device was not big, resembling a "corncob" with a pointy end, which was pointed directly at Babkin. The object emanated a very bright light but strangely it did not illuminate the surrounding area. Babkin then heard a male voice inside his head, the voice said, "This one?" Another voice, also inside Babkin's head answered, "No not him". The first voice then said immediately, "Memory erasure is necessary". This phrase frightened Babkin terribly. He realized that with deafening clarity that it was his memory that was going to be erased.

Horrified, Babkin seemed to snap out of his confused state and ran out the door and suddenly jumped back into the corridor of the sports complex, screaming inarticulate remarks. He heard a door closed behind him with a loud slam, when he turned around the door was gone. His friends had been searching for him for about an hour, running across the complex in complete despair. But according to Babkin he had spent only five minutes in that other strange parallel world.

HC addendum
Source: X-Libri UFO, Russia, Alexey K. Priyma @Unknown

Comments: It seems like Babkin momentarily stepped into some kind of pseudo parallel universe and was indeed lucky to have been able to return.

Thank you Albert Gonzales for this interesting case!

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on January 14, 1978, at 0600 a.m., in the basement of the local water sports complex "Oktyabrenok", Mikhail Babkin suddenly stumbled on the smooth concrete floor and fell to his left against a concrete wall; he apparently was gone for one hour. He returned conversely the same manner in which he had disappeared. He thought he had been gone only for 5 minutes. During the period of his disappearance he was by himself in a small room. All around him stood five strange humanoids with square heads (or helmets?). Looking out the window he saw a bright sunny day and the tops of trees rocking as if in a strong wind (it was during the middle of winter). This occurred in the presence of 3 witnesses who frantically searched for Babkin to no avail.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "X-Libri UFO, Russia."

Points to consider:

Obviously the story comes from a Russian "UFO" website and is only a story, without indicated origin, indication of investigation or checking. The version given by Aileen Garroutte ends in thanks to "Albert Gonzales" who is probably actually Albert Rosales, which can be seen with the format of the story with its "HC Addendum" as in his catalogue. Albert Rosales then seems to have reduced his own version of the story, removing among other things any mention to the fact that the alleged witnesses had celebrated New Year's day with champagne and vodka.

The fact that the watchman sent the three young men home by a corridor to a rear exit might suggets the three young men were probably very intoxicated by the alcohol. Of course the story might also be pure fiction.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe September 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not searchable/understandable to me. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe September 20, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Story only, without indication of origin, investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible delirium tremens, or 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 September 20, 2008 Creation, [ag1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross September 20, 2008 First published.

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