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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.

OCTOBER 1978, TBILISI, TBILISI, GEORGIA, A.I. NIKOLAV AND THREE OTHERS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Two different versions of the story are available to me:

The first version is that according to British ufologists Nigel Blundell and Roger Boar in a 1995 book, one Dr. A.I. Nikolaev, respected History professor, had to be hospitalized for three months to recover from his close encounter.

In 1978, with three of his colleagues, he was on holiday, camping in the south of Russia, when they discovered an object in the shape of a disc, metallic, partially hidden in high grasses.

One of the four people threw some stones towards the object, and the stones seemed to disappear into the machine.

All the four then felt under the influence of a strange force. Nicolaev lost consciousness, the others, although they were staggering and weak, carried him away the best they could.

While two colleagues remained with the unconscious man, the third left to search for help. The two friends remained in sentinel, fell asleep, as by enchantment. When they woke up there were two small silhouettes, less than one meter tall, in astronauts outfits and capped with helmets. Seeing that the two men woke up, the two figures hurried towards their machine.

The object shone like fire while disappearing in the sky.

The second version is that according to "UFOzone", Russia, near Tbilisi, Georgia, in October 1978, late in the afternoon, a group of geologists working in an isolated field came upon a metallic disc-shaped object sitting on the ground.

The group of geologists began to approach, but when they reached an area within 12 meters of the object, they began to experience very unpleasant feelings of fear and oppression. 6 meters further, the group experienced paralysis of the extremities.

They stopped, and began to throw stones at the object. The stones soundlessly seem to pass through the "skin" of the object, or perhaps were soundlessly destroyed within the boundary of the object.

Then, connecting several thin sticks, the geologists attempted to touch the object. The stick or rod entered into the object freely as into water. When they took it out, it proved to be shorter than when it first went in.

One of the geologists, in a desperate act, jumped towards the side of the craft and immediately lost consciousness.

A few minutes later, from out of the woods, a 2 meters tall figure appeared and walked towards the object, totally ignoring the group, it then entered the object. After seven minutes, the object took off. At this point, the man who had lost consciousness recovered consciousness.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001099
Date of event: October 1978
Earliest report of event: 1995?
Delay of report: 17 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: UFO magazine UFOzone.
First certain record by: Ufology book Nigel Blundell Roger Boar.
First alleged record type: UFO magazine.
First certain record type: Foreign ufology book.
This file created on: January 7, 2012
This file last updated on: January 7, 2012
Country of event: Georgia
State/Department: Tbilisi
Type of location: Outside, or isolated field.
Lighting conditions: Late in the afternoon.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. 1 respected history professor and 3 colleagues, or 4 geologists.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1 or 2, depending on version
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Either less than 1 meter, or 2 meters, depending on version.
Entities outfit type: Astronaut suit, helmet, or not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported. Helmeted, in one version.
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.
Entities actions: Entered UFO, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None, or look at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, experimented on UFO, sought help, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not frightened, paralysed, curious.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible witness invention or UFO magazine invention.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. bb1:] NIGEL BLUNDELL AND ROGER BOAR:

The author say that Dr. A.I. Nikolaev, respected History professor, had to be hospitalized for three months to recover from his close encounter.

In 1978, with three of his academic colleagues, he was on holiday, camping in the south of Russia, when they discovered an object in the shape of a disc, metallic, partially hidden in high grasses.

One of the four people threw some stones towards the object, and the stones seemed to disappear into the machine.

All the four then felt under the influence of a strange force. Nicolaev lost consciousness, the others, although they were staggering and weak, carried him away the best they could.

While two colleagues remained with the unconscious man, the third left to search for help. The two friends remained in sentinel, fell asleep, as by enchantment. When they woke up there were two small silhouettes, less than one meter tall, in astronauts outfits and capped with helmets. Seeing that the two men woke up, the two figures hurried towards their machine.

The object shone like fire while disappearing in the sky.

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

1978

URSS, sud de la Russie

Dr. A.I. Nikolav [sic], respected history professor, had to be hospitalized for three months to recover from his close encounter. With three of his colleagues he was on holiday, camping in the south of Russia, when they discovered an object in the shape of a disc, metallic, partially hidden in high grasses. One of the four people threw some stones towards the object: the stones seemed to disappear into the machine. All the four then felt under the influence of a strange force. Nicolaev lost consciousness, the others, although they were staggering and weak, carried him away the best they could. While two colleagues remained with the unconscious man, the third left to search for help. The two friends remained in sentinel, fell asleep, as by enchantement. When they woke up there were two small silhouettes, less than one meter tall, in astronauts outfits and capped with helmets. Seeing that the earthem woke up, the two extraterrestrials hurried towards their machine. The object shone like fire while disappearing in the sky. (Roger BOAR and Nigel BLUNDEL [sic, Blundell]: "The World's greatest Ufo Mysteries" Hamlyn pub. 1995, p. 37)

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Tbilisi, Georgia (Russia), in October 1978, late in the afternoon, a group of geologists working in an isolated field came upon a metallic disc-shaped object sitting on the ground. The group of geologists began to approach, however when they reached an area within 12 meters of the object they began to experience very unpleasant feelings: fear, oppression. At 6 meters further the group experienced paralysis of the extremities. They stopped and began to throw stones at the object. They soundlessly passed through the "skin" of the object (apparently) or perhaps soundlessly were destroyed within the boundary of the object. Then after, connecting several thin sticks, they attempted to touch the object. The stick or rod entered into the object freely as into water, when they took it out it proved to be shorter than when it first went in. One of the geologists, in a desperate act jumped towards the side of the craft and immediately lost consciousness. A few minutes later, from out of the woods a 2-meter tall figure appeared and walked towards the object, totally ignoring the group, it then entered the object. After seven minutes the object took off. At this point the man that had lost consciousness came to.

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

Points to consider:

What can be said when obviously contradictory reports are available? One thing only: it is a dubious report.

Georgia, now an independent country, was "South of Russia" at the time of the USSR.

As regards occupant or occupants, it is possible that a mistranslation is the cause of the contradiction between 1 occupant of 2 meters and 2 occupants of 1 meter, but it is not obvious since we are told it was "less" than 1 meter.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe January 7, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and not properly referenced. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Severe January 7, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No credible source available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe January 7, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Contradictions between the two available sources. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe January 7, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No sign of investigation or checking. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe January 7, 2012 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No precise location. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible witness invention or UFO magazine 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 January 7, 2012 Creation, [bb1], [go1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 7, 2012 First published.

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