Lesnoy Nuclear Complex

The Sverdlovsk UFO incident involves the recovery of a UFO and its occupants by the KGB in March 1969,[1] and transferred to Sverdlovsk-45 (present day Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia).

Siberian LightsEdit


Siberian Lights in 2015

On the 27th of November, 1968, the Soviet air defense system[2] was triggered by an unidentified flying object. A series of widely sighted lights were observed in the skies over Western Siberia on that date, appearing as “Lightening balls”.[3] The event was reported in the local newspaper “Evening Sverdlovsk” on November 29, 1968.[2] Thirty years later, no one was able to find the newspaper article covering the story.[4] In the real newspaper file this information is missing, which was likely suppressed by the KGB.[2]




An investigation into the Ural region ensued after the triggering of the Soviet defense system. The order to investigate was allegedly signed by Colonel General S.D. Lebedey, USSR Air Defense Forces. It took several months in the Urals before finding the UFO, which happened to be in March of 1969[5] near the town of Berezniki[2] in Perm Krai. The KGB secured the site under the direction of Lieutenant General A.G. Ponomarenko, who assisted in the initial investigation and shipment of the alien materiel to Sverdlovsk-45.[3]

During the Cold War, Sverdlovsk-45 was a secret town founded near the local uranium enrichment facility. It had not appeared on any official maps,[6] but it was a target for foreign intelligence.[7] After the dissolution of the Soviet Union it became Lenoy, where it remains a “closed town”.[6]

In a supposed letter dated November 3, 1969 on KGB letterhead, addressed to Colonel Grigoriev, deputy chief of the scientific research department KGB, it stated that on the 5th of March 1969, information about the discovery of the unknown object was received.[5]

The recovered craft was a light green disc,[2] 3 meters high and 5 meters in diameter. Occupants were also found inside the craft. A death certificate was issued for one of the bodies on the 24th of March 1969, Moscow,[5] signed by doctors Gordeenko, Kamyshoy and Savitsky. It serves as a piece of evidence for the authenticity of the Sverdlovsk case.[3]

Some consider Sverdlovsk-45 to be the “Russian Roswell”.[8]

KGB UFO FilesEdit


A 1950s model ZIS-150 (similar to above) is seen in the film footage.


Scene from film footage

The ‘Sverdlovsk UFO incident’ was revealed in The Secret KGB UFO Files (1998) hosted by Roger Moore, showing film footage of the UFO reconnaissance effort. The following are a few points of film authenticity:

  • A 1950s model ZIS-150 was seen in the film footage transporting Russian military during the UFO reconnaissance, which lends to the authenticity of the film footage. Acquisition of such a model would be very difficult to find and to stage a hoax with because it has not been used by the Soviet military for quite some time.[1]
  • In the autopsy portion of the film footage, the note taker is identified as KGB stenographer O. A. Pshonikina.[1]
  • During the autopsy, the personnel are shown without caps and gowns, which was commonplace for that era in Russia.[1]
  • Some analysts of the film believe that the autopsies were performed in Sverdlovsk-19,[2] the same location that the strain of anthrax was produced in the Sverdlovsk anthrax leak of 1979.[9]
  • The 1998 documentary mistakenly gave the town name Berezovsky[10] (probably due to a translation error) for the UFO crash zone. The Ural Mountains location that they meant to say was: Berezniki(Ray Santilli, 1995), which is in present day Perm Krai in the Ural economic region.


  • Not far from Sverdlovsk-45, the famous pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down in his U-2 spy plane[7] in 1960.
  • On 2 April 1979, spores of anthrax were accidentally released from a Soviet military research facility near the main city of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) in Sverdlovsk Oblast. The Sverdlovsk anthrax leak may be related to research from the town of Sverdlovsk-45 (Lesnoy).
  • After the fall of the Soviet Union, President Boris Yeltsin decreed in 1992 that towns and cities use their historical names. Sverdlovsk-45 became Lesnoy, and the former Soviet city of Sverdlovsk became Yekaterinburg. Prior to 1992, the town of Sverdlovsk-45 (now Lesnoy) had not appeared on any official maps.[6]
  • An E. F. Bachurina claims that he personally saw the medical records of the officers who suffered from exposure and received strange burns inside their intact outfits.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Booth, B. J. UFO Casebook, The Secret KGB UFO Files, The Russian Crash of 1969, 11-01-2002
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Fern Flower, The crash of a UFO in Sverdlovsk region, 06/03/2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Body Analysis of Sverdlovsk Alien, LUFOS, July 4, 2014
  4. Fan Wave, Kgb and UFOs, secret documents or just a hoax? by Luca Praderio on 18 April 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The UFO That Crash Landed In Russia Has Grey Alien-Like Remains, by LUFOS June 15, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Wikipedia, Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk Oblast
  7. 7.0 7.1 RB, Top secret places in the Soviet Union, by BORIS EGOROV, SEPT 14 2017
  8. Huffington Post, New Twist In Decades Old Alien Autopsy Controversy (Graphic Video), By Lee Speigel, 12/11/2013
  9. Wikipedia:Ru:Центр военно-технических проблем бактериологической защиты НИИ микробиологии МО РФ
  10. Beryozovsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast is 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) northeast of Yekaterinburg (formerly the city of Sverdlovsk).
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