Most cryptozoology enthusiasts are familiar with Mothman— the humanoid beast said to be a herald of impending doom. But did you know that Russia is home to a nearly identical creature?
On April 26th, 1986 a horrific nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Power Plant. Reactor Number 4 became catastrophically unstable after employees performed a simulative power outage safety test. A disastrous series of events unfolded which caused an uncontrollable chain reaction. Colossal amounts of energy were released causing the activator core to explode. For nine days, fire consumed the devastated structure and spewed out astronomical levels of radioactive contaminants. Humanity felt the dire implications of a fission calamity. Dozens of first responders agonizingly perished from radiation exposure, cancer rates skyrocketed and babies were born with appalling birth defects. Pripyat, a once-thriving city, had become an uninhabitable toxic wasteland and would remain so for the next twenty-thousand years.
Some believe residents had been pre-warned of the dreadful fallout. In the weeks preceding Chernobyl’s cataclysmic incident, a series of anomalous episodes took place. Locals who lived in close proximity to the eventual ‘exclusion zone’ repeatedly encountered a mysterious creature. Witnesses described its appearance as resembling a giant mutilated headless man with piercing red eyes. Petrified onlookers dubbed the curious aerial fiend The Blackbird of Chernobyl. Those who happened upon the sinister entity suffered from haunting nightmares and menacing phone calls. Citizens began to live in constant crippling fear that they may be the next victim to behold this nefarious figure. An abysmal winged monster was terrorizing the formerly quaint town.
Hell: a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death.
Regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs, most have pondered the possibility of a place called Hell. Perhaps it’s been in the late evening hours, when our insomnia-ridden minds wander to dark and seldom explored regions. Thoughts of the one’s inevitable demise begin to surface. Where will we go after the final breath is drawn? Some claim beneath the Earth there is a fiery inferno inhabited by malevolent souls. It is a realm of misery, suffering and unimaginable horrors. Yet does such a plane truly exist? Several Soviet scientists insist the answer is yes.
On an October 4, 2002 airing of Coast to Coast AM, a guest named Dallas Thompson appeared on the show. He would soon be embarking on an expedition to the North Pole in search of a land called Agartha. Also known as “Hollow Earth”, the kingdom was allegedly discovered by Admiral Richard E. Byrd in 1947. Thompson hoped he would be able to locate the supposed portal which leads to an inner-world contained far below our own. Later on, a concerned listener called in with an ominous warning for the adventurer. Apprehensively, he referenced haunting sounds captured at a deep Siberian drilling experiment two decades prior. The distressed man feared Thompson may encounter whatever produced these horrifying screams.
Art Bell, Coast to Coast’s host, obtained a copy of the recording and confirmed its authenticity, even citing Reuters news organization. Bell lamented the ghastly noises were discovered decades earlier when researchers dug a hole deeper than ever previously forged. Before sharing the sickening sample, he prefaced with information about his anonymous source. They obtained the file from their late uncle, an avid collector of paranormal videos and audiotapes. It originally belonged to a BBC employee who copied the cassette. With a hesitant pause, the seasoned investigator shared cautionary words with audience members: “I warn you, what you are about to hear is very disturbing.” Following the harrowing introduction, he played an unnerving half-minute clip of dreadful shrieking and revolting wails. Those listening to the radio airwaves shuddered anxiously.
The Well to Hell
In the 1980s, Russian scientists conducted a series of borehole experiments in remote Siberia. Originally the assignment involved studying geologic formations and uncovering rare mineral deposits. Eventually, the group ultimately embarked on a mission to simply see how far down they could go. Nothing unusual occurred during the first nine miles. However, after digging beyond record-breaking depths, things took a frightening turn. Suddenly their drill began to spin erratically. It appeared the geologists had hit some sort of hollow region underground. Within the cavern, thermometers gave readings of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, far higher than expected. A waft of rising heat engulfed the apprehensive men. Emanating from the grotto’s dark abyss was a faint noise. Perplexed, the miners decided to lower a heat-proof microphone to collect further data.
By this point, a few of the scientists felt incredibly uncomfortable and left the project. Those remaining analyzed the mysterious auditory data. Only a weak high-pitched ringing could be heard. Initially, they believed it had been the equipment’s own feedback registering. Minor adjustments were made and it became apparent these tones came from the planet’s interior. Although the microphone only laster a short period before malfunctioning from extreme temperatures, the geologists obtained thirty-seconds of macabre audio. Analyzers expected to register tectonic plate movement or terrestrial frequencies when the playback began. Instead, human-sounding shouts rang through the stifling air. Millions of tormented souls cried out in utter agony.
One chilling notion came to mind: had they accidentally opened a gateway to Hell? Immediately the team contemplated abandoning their assignment and evacuating. Whatever sinister forces produced such nightmarish howls might escape to the outer-world. According to Doctor Azzacove, project manager of the excavation undertaking, ambulances appeared on site that evening. Medical professionals interviewed the traumatized group. Afterwards, emergency responders gave a memory-erasing medication to nearby villagers. Azzacove speculated government officials feared locals may speak of the events which transpired. Ultimately authorities ordered the tunnel to be sealed and the venture was abandoned.
Siberia isn’t the only location to have reports of abominable screaming. Jacques Cousteau, esteemed oceanographer and former French Naval officer, encountered a similarly strange phenomenon while working in the Bermuda Triangle. During a routine scuba expedition, he decided to explore an underwater cave. A wave of apprehension inexplicably formed in the pit of his stomach. Being rational and logic-minded, the experienced master diver quickly dismissed feeling uneasy. As Cousteau swam further into the claustrophobia-inducing abyss, a deafening chorus of anguished yells filled his ears. Thousands of insufferable mortal vocals filled the eerie aquatic lair. At once he returned to the surface in a frenzied state. Upon returning to the ship, he shakily confided in his fellow seafarers. Cousteau told them that humanity wasn’t ready for what he encountered mere moments before. The traumatic ordeal greatly affected him and he refused to ever dive again.
Many argue the Well to Hell is an outright hoax contrived by a Christian group in attempts to frighten both believers and atheists alike. Others say a scene from Mario Bava’s 1972 film Baron Blood is responsible for the grim shrieking. Conspiracy theorists argue the audio was obtained amid a Black Friday sale at Walmart. Nevertheless, legends often originate from a grain of truth. Might it be plausible Russian scientists truly did record bizarre sounds within the bowls of Earth? Mankind knows more about outer space than the deep ocean. Only a handful of people have descended the Marianas Trench and even less have surveyed the globe’s seemingly bottomless core. Until more evidence is gathered, we can only speculate what truly resides countless miles underground.
Located in southeastern Siberia, towards Mongolia’s border, sits the planet’s oldest and deepest lake. Nearly one-quarter of Earth’s fresh water is contained here. Astonishing depths of over five thousand feet have been measured in certain areas. A myriad of unique plant and animal species inhabit the frigid territory, many of which exist nowhere else in the world. Scientists estimate this massive basin formed as an ancient rift valley more than twenty-five million years ago. For centuries, Lake Baikal has been home to a plethora of unexplained phenomena. Locals claim countless peculiar UFO encounters frequently occur within this remote region of Russia. Some theorize an extraterrestrial base is lurking beneath the picturesque exterior.
One of the most bizarre reports occurred in 1982 during a routine Soviet military training dive. While navigating the foreboding aquatic realm, Navy personnel noticed anomalous figures swimming nearby. Perplexed, they watched in bewilderment as several curious creatures approached them. Despite being stationed at a depth of over one hundred and sixty-four feet, these humanoids wore no modern equipment. Each donned tight-fitting metallic suits complete with a helmet-like apparatus completely covering their heads. Upon closer inspection, troopers noticed the aliens were nearly ten feet tall. However, the colossal loch-dwellers soon disappeared back into the murky abyss.
Following this eerie run-in, the intrigued commander ordered his recruits to capture a subaqueous alien. Seven Scuba divers entered the glacial lake and began their harrowing descent. Soon after navigating an elevator of declining temperatures, multiple entities emerged. One frogman attempted to catch the unearthly specimen in a large net. At that moment, all hell broke loose for the unsuspecting flotilla group. Suddenly the nonhuman brutes fought back by shooting intense sonar waves from strange devices. A powerful force rendered every crew member unconscious and rapidly propelled them to the surface.
Catapulting upwards from extreme depths can have devastating effects on our bodies, resulting in a condition often called “the bends”. Three of the squadron were seriously injured but did not succumb to this affliction. The remaining fellows needed immediate transfer to a decompression chamber. Unfortunately, there was only one chamber in the region and it was designed for merely two people at a time. Out of sheer desperation, four men entered simultaneously in an attempt to save their lives. Tragically, this last-ditch effort did not go as planned. Three individuals perished as a result of their superior’s hasty decision. Those who survived the terrifying ordeal would be left with life-altering disabilities.
Following this harrowing catastrophe, KGB agents ceased further attempts of USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) acquisition. For decades the horrifying events which transpired remained hidden by high-ranking authorities. Vladimir Azhazha, former Soviet Naval officer and esteemed ufologist, declared Russian government executives recently released declassified files. In these documents, the Baikal aquanauts are described in great detail. Unsurprisingly, Navy commanders had been extensively monitoring numerous underwater vehicles navigating the lake. Such technological capabilities greatly intrigued them; if engineers could replicate the vessels’ inconceivable speeds, unprecedented militaristic advantages would be gained.
Throughout the eras, Baikal has been no stranger to mysterious UFO activities. During the late 1950s a TU-104 jet crashed into the lake after it was pursued by an unknown metallic vehicle. The frantic pilot radioed a distraught message to air traffic controllers informing them of this alleged attack. According to informants, all staff on duty at the time were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Numerous community fisherman attested to viewing the frightening areal attack. Anglers described how a silver flying saucer chased a plane until it plummeted into the water and disappeared from their sight. Despite considerable testimonies, no conclusive evidence or official records of this event have ever surfaced.
In April of 2009 the enigmatic Siberian sector made global headlines yet again. Astronauts aboard an international space station photographed two circular convection breaks, thought to be produced by enormous aquatic crafts. One was located near the lake’s center while the other was positioned towards Baikal’s southern end. Both appeared to be created by something ascending beneath the thick ice-laden outer layer. The pair of disk-shaped cracks were perfectly symmetrical and astonishingly measure three miles in diameter. These immense fractures were so precise making them impossible to manufacture or replicate. Certain researchers believe the NASA-produced images are evidence of spaceships emerging from the dark waters below.
Yet another unsettling occurrence took place in 2011 when an alien body was discovered. Footage shows one Irkutsk resident guiding the camera man towards a forested area. Atop the snow-covered ground lays a small extraterrestrial. It possesses an enlarged cranium, opaque grayish body and dark eyes blankly staring ahead. Something appears to have ripped off the creature’s right leg. Amid this expletive-laden footage, our winter-clad host explains how his dog sniffed out the captivating cadaver. Mere weeks before the chilling scene was filmed, dozens of villagers witnessed unidentifiable lights hovering above their homes. Conspiracy theorists speculate a UFO crash may be responsible for the macabre martian corpse. Viewers are torn regarding the authenticity of the video; some believe a genuine unknown species was uncovered while others blame crafty cinematic hoaxers.
As time progresses, onlookers continue to be dazzled by the obscure skies. Intriguing incidents take place at staggering rates across the district’s vicinity. In this technological era where most people are never without their smart phones, more of these perplexing crafts are captured and shared via the web. One such example happened in October of 2016 while spectators observed extraordinary green flashes above their rural town. Bystanders and experts alike were baffled by the unusual scene. Such remarkable sightings and otherworldly happenings have even caught the eye of famed director, Steven Spielberg. The film tycoon intends to create a documentary titled “Depth 211” which will explore Lake Baikal’s baffling history.
Only four years ago, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made a shocking announcement at the World Economic Forum. In his public statement he lamented how “the time has come” for the world to know the truth about extraterrestrials visitors. In fact, Mr. Medvedev believes aliens are already living amongst us and have been doing so for quite a while. Even more brazen, the political leader warned if United States officials refuse come forward with this monumental information, Russian representatives will do so themselves. Given recent ufology-related announcements and unveiled files, it is entirely plausible that the Kremlin is gearing up for full disclosure. Perhaps sooner than we may think the astounding truth of interplanetary beings will finally be acknowledged by those who have known all along.
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