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Josef Stalin was the dictator of the USSR from 1929 until his death in 1953. A review of little-known, three-decade old interviews with his chief aeronautical scientist's associate reveals that Stalin ordered an investigation into what the Americans knew about the nature of the UFO phenomenon. And it now appears certain that included an inquiry into the 1947 Roswell UFO crash. The conclusions of his top technical advisors -- and his agents installed in the atomic spy capital of New Mexico where the crash occurred -- may have led Stalin to hold the key to the solution to the Roswell mystery.


What has been largely lost in the years that people have researched Roswell is that Russia could be central to solving the story. If the crash resulted from what the US Air Force has officially settled on -- the testing of a balloon train to detect atomic explosions on Soviet soil -- the Russians would have wanted to know about it. If it were instead technology and beings from another world that were in the possession of the US, they would likewise be compelled to find out as much as they possibly could.


After the Roswell crash, Stalin expressed his need to learn more about the nature of the UFO phenomenon in America. He summoned his leading brainpower to examine the evidence his agents had found and report back to him what it all meant. Stalin did not trust the US government's assessment of UFOs and what they had said about the crash being that of a mere "weather balloon".




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Dr. Sergei Korolyov
Soviet Head of Rocket Science,
1940s - 1950s
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Dr. Valeriy Burdakov
Russian Aeronautical Scientist

Dr. Sergei Korolyov, Russia's top aeronautics expert and the Soviet Head of Rocket Science during the 1940s and 1950s, is said to have been ordered by Stalin to examine the UFO phenomenon in America and to review the crash at Roswell.

This stunning claim was made by the late Professor Valeriy Burdakov, PhD in Engineering Science. Burdakov was the one-time leader of the USSR Academy of Science's Scientific Geoinformation Center, a Professor at the Moscow Aviation Institute, and co-author of the book, Rockets of the Future. He personally worked with many of those who created the Soviet Union's ballistic missiles and space exploration programs. This included Dr. Korolyov (who died in 1966) with whom Burdakov worked for 32 years in Korolyov's rocket design bureau.


Two individuals who spoke to Burdakov about this were Las Vegas TV news reporters Bryan Gresh and George Knapp, who met with him in March 1992. This was Burdakov's first interview with Western journalists. Their discussion appeared as a relatively brief mention in an article on Soviet UFO secrets in the October 1993 issue of the Mutual UFO Network's MUFON UFO Journal publication. Burdakov conveyed that Stalin wanted Dr. Korolyev to not only discuss his conclusions about the UFO issue in America in general, but also to specifically review news clippings and broadcast transcripts about the Roswell crash and intelligence reports from Russian agents who had investigated the incident. The reporters stated that some of the information in Stalin's hands was gleaned from reports of Soviet operations that were "in place" in the US at the time of Roswell.


Another individual who spoke to Professor Burdakov in the 1990s about Dr. Koroylov and the Stalin UFO study was Paul Stonehill. Stonehill is a Ukrainian who immigrated to the US in 1973 and was co-author with Philip Mantle of the 1998 book The Russian UFO Files. Now living in California, Stonehill relates that he had dialogued with Professor Burdakov. According to Burdakov, Dr. Korolyov said that he had been summoned to the Kremlin in 1948, the year after the Roswell incident, to analyze the American UFO phenomena. Korylyov was given an office apartment and access to translators. Korolyov reported back to Stalin that in his estimation:


1) UFOs were not foreign weapons

2) The phenomenon was real

3) They did not represent a threat to the security of the State and

4) They should be afforded further serious study.

Stalin said that he had asked an assessment from other scientists as well and that these other scientists had reported to him the same conclusions.

The scientists were identified as Igor Kurchatov, Alexander Topchiev and Mstislav Keldysh, who were leading space scientists and mathematicians at the time. Stalin advised Korolyov not to talk about the matter further. Years after Stalin's death he did.


Perhaps the first mentions of Dr. Korolyov that can be found of him having met with Stalin about UFOs were items appearing in Russian newspapers: Rabochaya Tribuna on August 13 1991, and in Terminator magazine in a 1992 issue, which related similar details as learned by Stonehill, Gresh and Knapp. Korolyov's associate, Professor Burdakov, became an avid researcher in Russian Ufology in his later years, likely due to what he learned from Koroylov about the phenomena.



What Dr. Korolyov maintained about Russian agents in New Mexico -- and their having investigated Roswell -- is supported by what we learn from numerous historical sources. Russian-born operatives were known to have been embedded and active in New Mexico, especially in and near US military and national laboratory facilities and test sites, throughout the 1940s. These included places like the Alamogordo test site, Sandia National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. These same agents very likely informed Stalin about the July 1947 Roswell UFO crash and recovery.

Unquestionably our greatest enemy would view our capture of extraterrestrial technology as posing a potentially grave military threat.  They did not believe the weather balloon explanation for the crash first offered by the US government. Given the global attention to the initial


press release on the crash that was issued, and the subsequent denial that it was a flying disc as initially reported, Stalin saw the contradiction and that there was something more to the story. He "activated" his already installed agents in the state to find out what had really happened at Roswell.


They undoubtedly began to collect as much intelligence as possible about the true circumstances surrounding the crash. They would certainly want to know more if they at all suspected that it was a special aerial balloon device to listen in on atomic bomb explosions in Russia, as the Air Force maintained decades after the crash. And if it were extraterrestrial, the Russians would want to gain insight into the nature of the debris and its pilots. Either way, the Russians had to have been "on the ground" to find out more.


The way that Russia inserted its agents into places like New Mexico at that time was through training and grooming them to "become the enemy". The most promising were placed in towns in Russia such as Vinnytsia to accomplish this. This formerly top-secret town is now a modern Russian metropolis. But for some time, including throughout the 1940s, it served as a Russian intelligence training ground which taught deep cover spies how to "play and act American" during the Cold War so that they could infiltrate the US without raising suspicions. These specially trained Russian agents found their way to live near nuclear scientists in New Mexico or even work as engineers on sensitive programs. The Russian agents spoke English fluently and blended in seamlessly. They were versed in our customs and mannerisms and dialects. Selected for their classic "American" looks, they were assigned names and background identities and provided access to hidden funds and resources.


These agents would have been uniquely positioned to learn more for Stalin about what had crashed at Roswell. They possessed the "motive, means and opportunity" to infiltrate, spy, and report back their findings to Moscow. We learn from the Department of Energy's "From the "Manhattan Project – An Interactive History" website: "Few aspects of the Manhattan Project remained secret from the Soviet Union for long. Given the size of the pre-existing espionage network of Soviets within the United States…. it seems highly unlikely in retrospect that penetrations of the Manhattan Project could have been prevented."


If the crash was ET in origin, they would seek to know what we wanted to know: What is it made of? How does it work? Can it provide military advantage? Can it be reverse engineered or is that not possible? Additionally, the Russians would want to know where the craft and material was stored and where it was studied, and what scientists were studying it. What are the Americans' intentions with the technology? Did any of the pilots survive? Was there communication? What was learned that would advance aeromedicine? Is there anything about their unique biology that could be applied to military or science goals?


Conversely, if the crash were of a balloon listening device that could tell the US when and where the USSR was exploding nukes, they would want to know all about that program -- including the device's construction and vulnerabilities to help them to develop countermeasures.


These deep cover agents posed as neighbors and coworkers. It is inconceivable that they did not befriend or follow those who may be working on post-Roswell scientific and military projects. They had secured employment in positions at atomic labs and with defense contractors in New Mexico (and other US locations) that enabled access to sensitive technical and strategic information. They observed test launches and noted advances in nuclear bomb and missile technologies. They monitored people, radio broadcasts, newspapers, and military communications. And they knew what happened at Roswell.



Perhaps more that any UFO researcher, Dr. Richard Haines, formerly of NASA, had tried to forge a federation of Russian and US UFO investigators. His attempts at such collaboration in the 1990s were hindered by the chaotic changes and troubles that beset the former Soviet Union. Research by Haines at the time showed that the Soviet archives contain no documents about Stalin's UFO files. Some Russian researchers were apparently of the opinion that the files found their way to United States intelligence during the hectic perestroika years. One thing is for certain: The absence of Stalin's UFO documents has assured the US Air Force that no one can dispute its 1994 explanation of the crash as that of a Project Mogul spy balloon.

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Researcher Paul Stonehill (mentioned above) states that, "Information can be sold, exchanged, and shared and this is probably what happened to the Stalin files and documents about Roswell."


No matter, Russia would never admit to its intelligence capability in spotting foreign aerial spy devices like Mogul. Nor would it admit if it were aware that its enemy had technology from another world that could one day put them at a disadvantage. And given the vile actions of Russia in recent months, it is unlikely that further insights on Stalin and Roswell can ever be had from those in that now-shunned nation.


Thanks are extended to Philip Mantle in the UK for his research support.

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