This case is to Russia what the Roswell incident is to the United States. On June 30, 1908, a huge fireball descended and exploded over the taiga in the Tunguska region of Russia. One of the largest explosions known to man, this well-documented event has been chronicled in books and magazines around the world.
Fifty-eight years later, at the end of June (or at the beginning of July according to some versions) 1966, about 1300 kilometers west of the Tunguska site, another strange object came to earth accompanied by another huge explosion.
This incident, known as the “Obsky meteorite”, was reported by the media and is still officially classified as top secret in Russia.
Due to the secrecy surrounding this event, it was extremely difficult for the Moscow researcher Nikolay Kuzmin to locate and interview the relevant witnesses, whose testimonies would be only the tip of the iceberg concerning the “Obsky meteorite”. “.
According to Mr. Kuzmin, the Russian military and scientific services have buried the facts so deeply that to date, no official document has surfaced regarding this case, and the exact site of the impact has not been located.
Information regarding this case comes from four individual witnesses. Information about this case was released only slowly. The impact site is believed to be 10-15 kilometers northeast of the village of Topolevka, Tomsk region (about 584 kilometers northwest of Tomsk), Western Siberia.
Nearby are the Ob’ and Tryigorodskaya rivers which is the tributary of the Ob’ river. It is near the border between Truemj region and Tomsk region.
1966 was a year of intense UFO activity in the Soviet Union. It is therefore not surprising to find that this case occurred during a year of high UFO activity. Moscow geologist Oleg Ivanovich was the first witness located by Kuzmin. Ivanovich told the following story:
“In the early summer of 1996, I was invited to take part in a geological prospecting expedition along the Tryigorodskaya tributary of the Ob’ River. At the beginning of June, we flew from Moscow to Tomsk, then the boat up the river.
The summer was very hot and it was my first contact with the taiga. The trees provided a marvelous landscape. We were probing suspected oil fields and combustible gas deposits. Unfortunately, we did not locate any oil or gas deposits during our surveys.
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the exact date. We camped in the wild taiga about 20-30 kilometers northeast of Topolevka. One day we were passing a swamp when our cook Valya tripped over it and soon found herself waist deep in mud.
Due to this minor accident, we stayed at this place for the night. We had a long walk the next day, so we took advantage of the rest. It was during that night that I was awakened by a deafening cry. The noise was coming from the sky somewhere and it hurt my ears to hear it.
The roof of our tent was lit by a blinding globe of light approaching us in the sky. Before I had time to get out of my tent, the globe exploded. Everything around us ignited. Trees were on fire nearby and the heat was so intense that we took duvets out of our beds, quickly dunked them in water and put them on for protection. It was this quick thinking that literally saved us that night.
The next morning the fire had died down somewhat and the forest was charred and black. We collected the few possessions that had survived the fire and decided we had to leave the area. As we moved towards the area where we thought the explosion had taken place, strange things started happening.
Our compass needle started spinning wildly, our radio didn’t work, and we began to feel weak and sick. The trees here lay in one direction with the tops torn off as if someone had taken a giant comb to cut them.
It was here that we saw lights, twinkling lights of bright colors. The lights could be seen through the trees and flickered in what looked like a semicircle. We approached cautiously. Rising out of the bog, the streamlined hull of an object that looked charred and burned.
It looked like two pools joined together with flashing lights on its edge. A hatch was ajar and dense smoke billowed from its opening. Something dark lay near the edge of the hatch. Through the smoke, it looked like some sort of tentacle.
We couldn’t get any closer as there was no way to cross the bog. We stood about 25 meters from the craft to take pictures. I must say right away that none of these photos came out. I think they were veiled by radioactivity.
Soon we all felt dizzy and nauseous. My eyesight started to deteriorate and we decided to retreat to what we considered a safe distance. As we left, night quickly fell and we soon heard the first helicopter.
It flew right over our heads. We couldn’t use our radio to communicate with the helicopters because it hadn’t worked since the explosion. Then another helicopter appeared, then another, and many more.
We assumed they were all heading for the site we had found in the bog. We thought about going back to the site, but it was dark, our compass wasn’t working, so we decided to wait until morning.
Around 10 am the next morning, we returned to the bog, exactly the same place as the day before. There was nothing to find in the bog, no boat, nothing. All we could see were people’s footprints and what looked like helicopter marks. I don’t know if the craft sank in the bog or if it was swept away.
When our expedition ended and we returned to Moscow, we were invited, so to speak, to a certain institution (regional department of the KGB). Gathered in a large hall, a smiling gray-haired man appeared, shook everyone’s hand, and showed interest in our investigative work.
The mood soon changed and the man said to us, “It has been reported that you all witnessed the events in the taiga… I would like everyone to remember that you saw nothing at all. Absolutely nothing.
We exchanged glances and he added, “You all understand that there is a state secret. Now, each of you will sign an undertaking that you will not divulge anything. You know the consequences in the event of an infraction…” We signed, we couldn’t do anything else. That’s why we kept silent. I don’t even know now what it was or if I can tell you about it.
By the way, you should know that the expedition members are now all dead, except for a few. They were strong and healthy but now they are dead. In 1992, there were only two of us. Pavel lives in Leningrad, he was part of the expedition.
Today, I don’t know if he is alive or not. Several doctors told me that the members of our expedition who died were suffering from some kind of radiation sickness”.
Two other witnesses to the event were found living in the village of Topolevka. Anna Egorovna (who died aged 82 in l995) recounted the incident. She wasn’t sure of the exact date, but was sure it was in the summer.
His grandfather, Philip Ivanovich, had gone hunting in the taiga (he died before investigators could question him). I went to bed early because I had to get up early the next morning. During the night, I was awakened by a ‘boom’. The house started shaking and I got up, still half asleep, to try to figure out what was going on.
It was like daylight outside. I was afraid. Before I could step out onto the porch, the ground began to shake. I’ve never been so scared in all my life. Looking outside, I saw a fiery globe descending above the taiga.
Bursting like a sun, the object shone so brightly that it irritated my eyes. The object hit something in the distance, the wind picked up and everything became dark again. All that was left to see was a glowing object rising in the distance.
I haven’t slept all night. I was worried about my grandfather but he came back safe and sound. He had been drinking with his friends and hadn’t seen or heard anything.
I heard rumors that the residents of the nearby village (Lukashin Yar), about 15 kilometers away, saw the fire in the taiga that night. Then special KGB men came and told everyone to shut up. So that’s the story.”
The second witness from the village of Topolevka is Michael Kuzmich, a 79-year-old hunter. He told investigators: “I decided to do some fishing. At that time, fish was in abundance. So I thought it would be a good idea to stock up on fish.
There are plenty of rivers to fish in, so I found a spot, pitched a tent, and got my gear and reels out. It was getting late, so I decided to sleep. I ate a fresh fish soup cooked over my campfire and decided to treat myself to a rolled cigarette. I was sitting on the bank of the river thinking and looking at the water while smoking my cigarette.
Suddenly I saw a fiery flare and a sound like ‘Hu-u-u’. My God, I thought to myself. The sky flared up as if on fire. As I looked around I heard an explosion and was blown away by a huge shock wave.
The tops of the fir trees crackled, traversed by flames. I thought that was the end, that the Chinese had set off a nuclear bomb. For a while, calm returned and only the taiga was on fire.
I was lucky to be alive, quickly grabbed my tent and fishing gear and left. A fire in the taiga can be a terrible thing, I was sure that if the flames caught up with me, I would be fried. I just managed to get by with my life. »
The last of the four witnesses was later found while living in Moscow. His name is Sergey Petrovich M., a 52-year-old airman. In the 1960s, including 1996, he served in the Soviet Air Force as an aviation equipment technician at Kalpashevo airfield, about 240 kilometers northwest of Tromsk and 350 kilometers southeast of Topolevka.
In Kalpashevo there was a special squadron of military helicopters as well as a civilian air unit. Kolpashevo is also known as a military space command and measurement center (CMC) unit.
There were Mi-4 Hound helicopters and a few heavy Mi-6 Hook helicopters. Kolpashevo also served as a test space center for training cosmonauts in the specific environmental conditions of the northern region of Russia.
Sergey Petrovich M. said: “I remember that night well. Our military unit has been activated by a general alarm. Taking off in a helicopter, we flew over the taiga for a long time. We were in the middle of the forest.
The day before there had been a fire in the taiga and even an earthquake. My colleagues were talking about a sky lighting up and a fiery orb descending. Didn’t see it myself as I was sleeping after being on duty.
Eventually our helicopter (Mi-4 Hound) started to descend. We jumped up and the man in charge brought us to attention. It’s a military secret,” he told us, and we’d be to blame if anything went wrong.
I remember we were in a clearing, surrounded by burnt trees and a large bog. We were taken to the bog and were amazed to see a craft half buried in it. This thing in the bog looked like two saucepans together with colored lights around the edge. My colleagues immediately understood that it was a flying saucer.
Other helicopters landed with more personnel and a cargo helicopter also landed. The order was given: the saucer was to be attached by steel cables to the belly of the cargo helicopter. We started to build a device to allow us to lift the saucer out of the bog.
As I approached, I could see that there was an open hatch. It seemed dark inside and a trickle or smoke was coming out of the hatch. I could also see something like a fin leaning out of the hatch. It looked long and slender and was dark brown in color.
The craft was large, about 8-10 meters in diameter. It was very aerodynamic and we had nothing to snag the ropes. We made a “string-bag” type device to be able to leave the object.
There was also a scientist with us. He had come with the cargo helicopter. He kept touching and scratching the hull of the object, then he aimed his flashlight at the fin.
He carefully wrapped the fin in polythene or something similar and handled it very carefully. We have been warned once again to keep quiet about this.
The cargo helicopter rose, hovered over the saucer and began to lift it. It only moved slowly and at one point I thought it was going to come off the ropes.
Suddenly, she came out of the bog, sleet pouring out of it, and the cargo helicopter took her away. We were splashed with bog mud and covered from head to toe. The lights from the saucer suspended below the helicopter were visible in the sky for some time.
I don’t know anything more about it. In our unit, it was said that the saucer had been transported to a secret military airfield and that it was being examined by scientists and the military. Rumor had it that they called it Object Z, in short, confidential.
Bodies are also said to have been found inside, but these may just be fairy tales. I left the military a long time ago now and have no idea what this item was. I would love to know at some point what it was. »
The Tunguska explosion in 1908 is still hotly debated today. Some say it was an astronomical body, while others say it was an artificial craft of extraterrestrial origin. “Object Z” or the “Obsky Meteorite” might be even more mysterious than its 1908 counterpart. What shattered the peace and quiet of that June night in 1966? Why was this strange object not destroyed on impact? Officially, of course, this never happened.
Wasn’t Object Z extraterrestrial, but rather a Soviet military satellite with a nuclear reactor on board? In 1965, a similar incident occurred in Kecksburg, USA (some believe this event could also be due to a secret Soviet satellite rather than an alien spacecraft).
Is it a coincidence for example that the Kolpashevo helicopter unit was part of the space command at the time. This would explain the preparedness of the personnel on site to deal with such an incident.
However, almost all Soviet satellites are launched on a completely different trajectory and therefore the descent of Object Z would not conform to the normal trajectories of Soviet satellites. Nor do any Soviet satellites carry multicolored lights around their edges.
It would be pure speculation to suggest where “Object Z” eventually went to be studied. Even in today’s modern Russia, it can be dangerous to delve too deeply into these top-secret matters.
No one knows how long the secrets of this and other events will remain hidden, but despite political and economic turmoil in the former Soviet Union, the search for information continues.
About the authors:
Philip Mantle is the former Director of Investigations for the British Association for UFO Research, he is MUFON’s representative for England, and he is the co-author of BEYOND ROSWELL and WITHOUT CONSENT.
Anton A. Anfalov is the author of numerous published articles on UFOs. He directs the UFO Center of Southern Ukraine and is the executive director of the Ufological Association of Ukraine.