The history of the Soviet department of “men in black” is still hidden from ordinary people. Those who served there, even after many years, are reluctant to talk about their work in the “a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳” unit of the GRU, reports life.ru.
The Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, abbreviated G.R.U., formerly the Main Intelligence Directorate, and still commonly known by its previous abbreviation GRU, is the foreign military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. GRU controls the military intelligence service and maintains its own special forces units.
Echo of Roswell
Soviet military intelligence began to be interested in the topic of potential contact with a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s since the time of the “accident” of a flying saucer in Roswell. However, for many years no one could systematize or at least understand the direction of work.
Stalin’s successor Nikita Khrushchev was not very interested in this topic, but Leonid Brezhnev, who replaced him at the helm of the country, almost immediately called the entire top leadership of military intelligence to the carpet, where he explained in detail that “all the unexplored should be analyzed.”
Brezhnev had a lot of questions for the military: he was interested in the details of the “contacts” of the Soviet military with any potentially e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ objects.
At one of the meetings, Brezhnev instructed the military to create a “special department.” The staff of this unit had only one task – to study and, if possible, come into contact with representatives of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳s̳.
They were recruited into a special military intelligence unit very carefully. The candidate’s personal file had to be approved by a special commission (the so-called committee of five), which included outstanding officers of the General Staff and people from the KGB who knew exactly how to work with classified information of this level.
According to rumors, the last resort before being enrolled in the elite squad is the signature of the head of the KGB Military Technical School, Major General S.G. Orekhova. He was also credited with the role of curator of the “secret squad” of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ h̳u̳n̳t̳e̳r̳s̳ for a number of reasons.
Firstly, Orekhov was a proven and reliable person – he went through the Great Patriotic War, had an extraordinary mind, erudition and knew how to organize complex technical projects.
Secondly, in 1966, Orekhov was given a new structure, where special communications officers were trained for military intelligence and the KGB. According to rumors, this university graduated the first specialists in working with technologies of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ origin in 1970, after which the active phase of the “hunt” for a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ technologies began.
Brezhnev was not interested in the motives and goals of any “objects of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ origin.” In those years, the goal of the secretary general was much simpler – to study the features of aircraft and other technologies and apply them in order to win the arms race and win the Cold War.
Already by the mid-70s, the military was collecting an impressive folder for a report – it contained all the information about objects of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ origin and a detailed classification – from “cigars” flying over the burning forests of Siberia to bright silver “drops” that fell in those years to aviation pilots of the Pacific Fleet.
However, a month before it was handed over to the country’s leader, the military began to record the so-called Petrozavodsk phenomenon – a bright glow in the sky of hundreds of objects of various shapes that appeared and disappeared both during the day and at night.
To reassure the inhabitants of the north-west of the country, alarmed by an incomprehensible phenomenon, the military quickly declares: rockets took off into the sky, and all that you saw was optical phenomena.
In fact, this was only partly true – there really was a launch from the cosmodrome, but only one. The remaining several dozen objects regularly flew to “look” at the technology demonstration over several days and completely disappeared only 55 minutes after the satellite was launched.
Another area of work on a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s in the Brezhnev era was an attempt to probe the features of flying objects. “Discs”, “cigars”, “drops” – the testimony of hundreds of combat fighter pilots who spoke about the bizarre shapes of U̳F̳O̳s in the sky – were studied by a special department of the GRU with the sole purpose of understanding at least part of the technologies that our “guests have.
The scale of the tracking of a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s turned out to be such that in each military unit on the territory of the country there was a special officer responsible for collecting and transmitting data about U̳F̳O̳s to higher authorities.
After the incident in Petrozavodsk, the military received a special instruction, which said: “Up to 98% of what is happening in the sky is explained by natural causes, but even these features must be recorded.”
“Prison” for a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s
The first serious success of the “special combined group” of the GRU and the KGB of the USSR was achieved only by the end of the 70s. On July 11, 1979, near Sakhalin, a MiG-25 interceptor shot down an unknown object, the speed of which was much higher than that of a Soviet fighter.
Shortly before permission to use the weapon, the pilot reported: “There is a strong vibration in the fuselage, the feeling is that now the wings will be torn off!”
Almost immediately, the area of the fall of the object was cordoned off by the ships of the Pacific Fleet, and a day later, specialists from the General Staff arrived at the scene, taking the situation under their control.
The further history of this incident is unknown – all papers mentioning the date, details and even the ships involved in the search operation disappeared without a trace.
Then there were rumors that an object isolated from the outside world was being built on Sakhalin for a “special case”. There, according to the military, they planned to send both “contactees” and “guests” from other worlds to quarantine.
In the 90s, journalists wrote about this object several times, but fact-checking was constantly lame. Some argued that this “prison” was located in Kamchatka, others were sure that it was on the Kuril Islands, and still others insisted that the “special prison” for a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s was built on the “mainland”, somewhere near Khabarovsk.
The loudest incident happened in 1978. Two years after the U̳F̳O̳ incident in Tehran, when an unknown object nearly destroyed two F-4 fighters, an unidentified vehicle entered the airspace over Murmansk.
The local air defense regiment, raised on alert, immediately began to illuminate the night sky with powerful searchlights, but after the beams of huge lanterns shot up into the sky, the guidance system radar “went blind”.
In a few seconds more powerful bulbs of searchlights began to burst. Only after turning on the emergency lighting did it become clear that the “unknown impulse” literally “fried” the powerful lanterns.
H̳u̳g̳e̳ amounts of money were spent trying to catch at least one U̳F̳O̳ and capture the object without damage. Thanks to specialists from the GRU, it was possible to establish that each such object has its own radiation signature and that flying closer to a distance of 300 meters can be life-threatening.
At the same time, a special program “Grid” was developed, within the framework of which a powerful electromagnetic directional cannon was to be installed on each fighter-interceptor.
200 million Soviet rubles were spent on the development of the system and its testing. In 1983, the first fighter with such a “jammer” took off, but all information about the further development of the system disappeared, no one ever remembered about it again.
As can be seen from history, U̳F̳O̳s are a phenomenon that is observed not only in America, but also in other parts of the world. I wonder what the authorities are hiding from people in other countries?