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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.

AUGUST 30, 1978, MOSCOW, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, SHARKOV:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A ufology web catalogue tells that in the Moscow region, Russia, on August 30, 1978, at 02:30 a.m., one "Sharkov" was staying at a boarding house near a lake when he woke up with "an uncontrollable desire to expiate."

He his way to the outhouse located near the shore, heard a loud rumble, and saw at a distance of about 100 to 150 meters and at about 3 or 4 meters above the water an object resembling a helmet, but much more rounded and thicker.

Thinking it was some kind of new weapon being tested, he decided to approach it. Feeling a certain degree of fear, he swam towards the object, again perceiving the rumbling sound.

As he swam towards, he noticed that the water under the object and around it was fluorescent and shiny. When he was practically under the object he looked up to see a glowing green circle on the perimeter of the object.

He could not see anybody onboard the craft but he was confident that he was being observed. After swimming around for about 30 minutes he decided to swim back to shore but as he did a metallic cylinder suddenly descended from the center of the craft. After it reached the water surface, this cylinder opened and approached the witness, who attempted to swim away but was suddenly drawn into the cylinder.

The cylinder immediately shut and the water was released back into the lake. "Sharkov" felt the cylinder rising up. After several minutes, the cylinder opened and the witness found himself inside a "flight" room with two armchairs in the center and illuminated with "an unknown source of light."

Soon he heard a soft rumble and a voice speaking in perfect Russian, telling him not to be afraid, that no harm will come to him. He was told that "they" knew everything about him and that "they" were from "another constellation in a far galaxy in space."

The room around him darkened and he saw holographic pictures and diagrams of "the alien's star system." He was made to understand that there are four aliens "assigned" to the craft he was in, but he never saw them. He was also told that they "control gravity" and are forbidden to engage in full contact with earthlings since this would undoubtedly bring confusion and destruction to humanity.

During the conversation, he apparently lost consciousness temporarily. He pleads with the unseen aliens not to be taken away, but he was reassured since according to them, they already had "a sufficient number of humans with them."

Soon, he was gently deposited back into the water and he floated back to shore. It was already 04:00 a.m. when he noticed a dazzling bright light illuminated the surroundings like daylight and when he looked, the object had disappeared.

All this apparently came from a Russian publication called "UFOzone", a sensationalistic magazine. No publishing date being given.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001288
Date of event: August 30, 1978
Earliest report of event: 2007?
Delay of report: Day, 3 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: UFO magazine UFOzone.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue Rosales.
First alleged record type: UFO magazine.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: January 4, 2012
This file last updated on: January 4, 2012
Country of event: Russia
State/Department: Moscow
Type of location: Swimming in lake then inside UFO.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Male.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 0
Type of entities: N/A
Entities height: N/A
Entities outfit type: N/A.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: N/A.
Entities body: N/A.
Entities head: N/A.
Entities eyes: N/A.
Entities mouth: N/A.
Entities nose: N/A.
Entities feet: N/A.
Entities arms: N/A.
Entities fingers: N/A.
Entities fingers number: N/A.
Entities hair: N/A.
Entities voice: Speak witness language.
Entities actions: Take witness into UFO, tell in witness language he must not be afraid, that they have enough humans with them, that open contact would be dangerous for mankind, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: Take witness into UFO, tell in witness lanhuage he must not be afraid, that they have enough humans with them, that open contact would be dangerous for mankind.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, approached, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Curious and frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: "Contactee"-type tall tale, possibly made up by sensation magazine.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in the Moscow region, Russia, on August 30, 1978, at 0230 a.m., the witness, Sharkov, was staying at a boarding house near a local lake when he woke up early in the morning with an uncontrollable desire to expiate. While making his way to the outhouse located near the shore he heard a loud rumble and saw at a distance of about 100-150 meters and at about 3-4 meters above the water an object resembling a helmet, but much more rounded and thicker. Thinking that it was some kind of new weapon that was being tested, he made a decision to approach it (!). Feeling a certain degree of fear he swam towards the object, again perceiving the rumbling sound. As the Sharkov swam towards it he noticed that the water under the object and around it was fluorescent and shiny. When he was practically under the object he looked up to see a glowing green circle on the perimeter of the object. He could not see anybody onboard the craft but he was confident that he was being observed. After swimming around for about 30 minutes he decided to swim back to shore but as he did a metallic cylinder suddenly descended from the center of the craft. After it reached the water surface the cylinder opened and it approached the witness, who attempted to swim away but was suddenly drawn into the cylinder. The cylinder immediately shut and the water was released back into the lake. The witness felt the cylinder rising up. After several minutes the cylinder opened and the witness found himself inside a "flight" room that was illuminated with an unknown source of light, there were two armchairs in the center. Soon he hears a soft rumble and a voice speaking in perfect Russian, tells him not to be afraid, that no harm will come to him. He is told that they knew everything about him and that they were from another constellation in a far galaxy in space. The room around him darkened and he saw apparent holographic pictures and diagrams of the alien's star system. He is made to understand that there are 4 aliens "assigned" to this object, but he never sees them. He is also told that they control gravity and are forbidden to engage in full contact with earthlings since this will undoubtedly bring confusion and destruction to humanity. During the conversation he apparently looses consciousness temporarily. He pleads with the unseen aliens not to be taken away, but he is reassured since according to them, they already had a sufficient number of humans with them. Soon he was gently deposited back into the water and he floated back to shore. It was already 0400A when he noticed a dazzling bright light illuminated the surroundings like daylight and when he looked, the object had disappeared.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "UFOZONE Russia."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 30 August 1978 at 02:30 in Moscow, Russia, "The witness, Sharkov, was staying at a boarding house near a local lake when he woke up early in the morning with an uncontrollable desire to expiate. While making his way to the outhouse located near the shore he heard a loud rumble and saw at a distance of about 100-150 meters and at about 3-4 meters above the water an object resembling a helmet, but much more rounded and thicker. Thinking that it was some kind of new weapon that was being tested, he made a decision to approach it (!). Feeling a certain degree of fear he swam towards the object, again perceiving the rumbling sound. As the Sharkov swam towards it he noticed that the water under the object and around it was fluorescent and shiny. When he was practically under the object he looked up to see a glowing green circle on the perimeter of the object. He could not see anybody onboard the craft but he was confident that he was being observed. After swimming around for about 30 minutes he decided to swim back to shore but as he did a metallic cylinder suddenly descended from the center of the craft. After it reached the water surface the cylinder opened and it approached the witness, who attempted to swim away but was suddenly drawn into the cylinder. The cylinder immediately shut and the water was released back into the lake. The witness felt the cylinder rising up. After several minutes the cylinder opened and the witness found himself inside a "flight" room that was illuminated with an unknown source of light, there were two armchairs in the center. Soon he hears a soft rumble and a voice speaking in perfect Russian, tells him not to be afraid, that no harm will come to him. He is told that they knew everything about him and that they were from another constellation in a far galaxy in space. The room around him darkened and he saw apparent holographic pictures and diagrams of the alien's star system. He is made to understand that there are 4 aliens "assigned" to this object, but he never sees them. He is also told that they control gravity and are forbidden to engage in full contact with earthlings since this will undoubtedly bring confusion and destruction to humanity. During the conversation he apparently looses consciousness temporarily. He pleads with the unseen aliens not to be taken away, but he is reassured since according to them, they already had a sufficient number of humans with them. Soon he was gently deposited back into the water and he floated back to shore. It was already 0400A when he noticed a dazzling bright light illuminated the surroundings like daylight and when he looked, the object had disappeared."

The source indication is a broken link.

Points to consider:

See List of Issues.

This is not the first alleged close encounter of the third kind where someone gets inside a UFO and is told stuff by aliens that are never seen; the earlier Daniel Fry story was similar in this aspect.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not properly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not credible. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Single witness case, quasi anonymous witness. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No witness information, not even his age. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nature of report unknown: letter, newspaper, rumour, investigated case...? Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing some basic data, for example no precise location. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 4, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Generally "silly" report, typical of alleged "contactees" inventions. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

"Contactee"-type tall tale, possibly made up by sensation magazine.

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 January 4, 2012 Creation, [ar1], [ud1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2012 First published.

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