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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 1988, Karkhiv, Karkhiv, Ukraine, Irina Subbotina:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

A ufology group in Ukraine reported at an unknown date that in Kharkov, on January 1988, late in the night, Irina Subbotina had fallen into a lethargic sleep next to her husband when she was suddenly awakened by a circle of light in the bedroom, in front of the bed, near the ceiling.

Within the circle of light, she saw a dark haired man in profile that suddenly turned and looked at her, staring intently, apparently examining her.

Then two more figures appeared within the circle, one was a bearded man, the second a child wearing "old time" clothing and appearing to be swinging on an invisible swing.

Terrified, Irina Subbotina attempted to shout but could not utter a word. Suddenly the vision disappeared and she felt a small hand grabbing her wrist. She also saw what appears to be an invisible body moving under the covers near her.

She was suddenly able to pull her hand and began to cry. Everything then disappeared. She would have a further "encounter" in the summer.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000083
Date of event: January 1988
Earliest report of event: Not known.
Delay of report: Years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: National ufology group.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue.
First alleged record type: National ufology group.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: May 4, 2007
This file last updated on: May 28, 2012
Country of event: Ukraine
State/Department: Karkhov (Karkhov)
Type of location: In bed.
Lighting conditions: Night.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported, adult.
Witnesses types: Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported, normal
Entities outfit type: Various, old time human clothes.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Two.
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: Beard, dark haired.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Appeared on bedroom ceiling.
Entities/witness interactions: Stared at witness.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, woke up.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Hypnagogic hallucination.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Kharkov, Ukraine, on January 1988, late in the night, Irina Subbotina had fallen into a lethargic sleep next to her husband when she was suddenly awakened by a circle of light in the bedroom in front of the bed near the ceiling.

Within the circle of light she saw a dark haired man in profile that suddenly turned and looked at her. He stares at her intently, apparently examining her. Then two more figures appear within the circle, one a bearded man, the second a child wearing "old time" clothing. Curiously the child appears to be swinging on an invisible swing.

Terrified, Irina attempted to shout but could not utter a word. Suddenly the vision disappears and she felt a small hand grabbing her wrist she also sees what appears to be an invisible body moving under the covers near her.

She was suddenly able to pull her hand and began to cry. Everything then disappeared. She would have a further "encounter" in the summer.

Rosales indicates that the source is UFO Ukraine.

Points to consider:

The case is so very obviously a rather ordinary hypnagogic hallucination episode, with no UFO sighted and no extraterrestrial beings sighted, commonly referred to as "sleep paralysis" and also as the "Old Hag" syndrome that I probably do not need to comment further.

I provide a few references among dozens about the topic of hypnagogic hallucination and sleep paralysis:

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium May 4, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing original primary source. Help needed. Opened.
2 Data Medium May 4, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing date reported. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Hypnagogic hallucination with sleep paralysis.

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, Albert Rosales May 4, 2007 Creation, [ar1].
0.2 Patrick Gross May 4, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross May 28, 2012 Conversion from HTML4 to xHTML Strixt.

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