The alien and UFO conspiracy theory blogosphere is revisiting the famous case of the missing body of Alyoshenka (Aleshenka), also known as the Kyshtym Alien or Kyshtym Dwarf, a mysterious, diminutive humanoid corpse found in May 1996 in rural Kaolinovy, near Kyshtym in the Chelyabinsk Oblast, but which later went missing mysteriously.
While conspiracy theorists claim that detailed expert autopsy reports, surviving photos, and videos (see below) give definitive proof that the alleged "alien body" was of extraterrestrial origins, skeptics insist that rumors of autopsy reports proving Alyoshenka was non-human were urban legend and that, on the contrary, reports from official sources proved the mummified corpse was a human female fetus born prematurely with severe deformities.But conspiracy theorists allege there were belated efforts by the Russian authorities to cover up the truth about the body. According to alien hunters, the Russians authorities made the body disappear and then issued fake autopsy reports and floated scare-mongering rumors designed to dissuade independent researchers from trying to find the missing body.
Local authorities found the miniature corpse in May 1996 near the town of Kyshtym in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. The body had been in the possession of Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina, an elderly peasant woman from the village of Kaolinovy, who was declared mentally ill and sent to a psychiatric institution.Prosvirina, prompted by voices she heard in her head, had found the tiny "alien" alive in August 1996 at a local cemetery she frequented. She took it home to nurse as a child and named it Alyoshenka.
News that Prosvirina had acquired a child spread around the village, and soon reports reached the local authorities that Prosvirina was mentally ill. The authorities came and took the old lady to a psychiatric hospital ignoring her cries that she had a baby in need of care. According to local sources, Prosvirina's baby died a few days later from starvation. After the baby died, a neighbor, Vladimir Nurditov, entered Prosvirina's house and took the body.
Police officers searching Nurditov's house on suspicion that he was keeping stolen electrical cable in his house stumbled on the preserved alien corpse.Police sent the alien corpse to local experts for study. What eventually became of the body remains a mystery to this day, because it went missing after it was sent to Moscow for further studies. Conspiracy theorists allege a cover-up by the Russian state and that the state security service stole the body from the morgue where it was stored.
According to the authorities, Prosvirina died in 1999 in an automobile accident that occurred as she attempted to escape from the hospital.
Stories making the rounds in the conspiracy theory blogosphere claim that the alien corpse, known as the Kyshtym Alien or Uralian Alien, was examined by local medical examiners who concluded it was neither human nor animal and that it appeared to be a previously unknown life form.But skeptics dismiss the story as urban legend, pointing out that experts at the Valilov Institute of General Genetics in Moscow who examined the body said DNA tests of blood found on the piece of cloth in which the tiny corpse was wrapped proved it was a human female fetus born prematurely with severe deformities.
Skeptics noted that the deformities could have been due to serious radiation contamination of Kyshtym and environs during an accident that occurred in 1957.
According to an official statement released on April 15, 2004, DNA tests showed the corpse was a 20- to 25-week female human fetus. Experts also said that contrary to claims that Prosvirina found it alive and nursed it for several days, it could not have survived outside the womb for more than a few hours.
But some locals told investigating reporters that at least three people saw Prosvirina's baby alive and that it died of starvation after the authorities took Prosvirina to the hospital.Attempting to douse rumors that the authorities were trying to cover up the truth that the corpse was an extraterrestrial being, the authorities accused some members of the local community of trying to make profit from the case by fabricating fanciful stories after charging international media reporters for interviews.
Two Japanese TV channels, Asahi TV and MTV Japan, produced documentaries about Alyoshenka the Kyshtym Alien.
However, conspiracy theorists insist that the authorities deliberately arranged for the body to go missing mysteriously and then years later released fake autopsy reports claiming the body was a human fetus. According to conspiracy theorists, local sources revealed that before the body was sent to Moscow where it went missing, a local team of scientists led by Dr. Stanoslav Samoshkin, an expert in morbid anatomy, had examined the body, which was about 10 inches in length, and concluded it was not human.
The report by the team noted that the skull of the creature consisted only of four bones compared with human skulls made up of six bones. The report allegedly documented several other anomalies of skeletal structure that could not be explained away as congenital malformations.The anatomists noted that the gross features of the 9.8-inch creature, including a large head and eyes that occupied most of its face, were not human.
Many alien researchers who noted the striking similarity of the features to those ascribed to Grey aliens, an extraterrestrial species that allegedly have signed a secret treaty with the U.S. government, said it could have been the corpse of a Grey alien child or infant.
But some UFO hunters, including Scott Waring, UFO Sightings Daily editor, argue that the small size of the body does not necessarily indicate it was an infant.
"I don't know how many times I have said this," he writes in his latest blog post, "aliens don't have to be our height. They can be as small as insects... Mars itself is loaded with evidence of tiny aliens smaller than this, about 3 cm, others as tall as this one and others 3-5 meters."
Conspiracy theorists also pointed out that the Kyshtym Alien was remarkably similar to another alleged mummified alien corpse found in the Atacama Desert in 2003 (see video below).
A Russian alien researcher with Kosmopoisk, Vadim Chernobrov, who reportedly examined the body in Moscow before it went missing, concluded it was of extraterrestrial origin.
Speaking later at a conference, Chernobrov said preliminary genetic analysis proved the Kyshtym Alien was not human.
"A gene discovered in the DNA samples doesn't correspond with any genes pertaining to humans or anthropoid apes," Chernobrov said. "No gene samples available at the laboratory match the gene. The experts in DNA research haven't come across any creatures with such an elongated DNA molecule."
"A gene discovered in the DNA samples doesn't correspond with any genes pertaining to humans or anthropoid apes."
Although most UFOlogists believe the body was stolen by the Russian secret service, a few claimed it was taken by members of Alyoshenka's alien species who came in a UFO. But some skeptics have suggested it could have been sold secretly to wealthy collectors of strange artifacts and objects.Alien and UFO conspiracy theorists believe the authorities made the body disappear to prevent independent laboratory confirmation of preliminary genetic analysis that showed the mysterious body was of extraterrestrial origin.
Efforts made to recover the body have failed. No clues regarding the whereabouts of the alien body have emerged despite a Japanese TV show offering a reward of $200,000 for information.
Rumors emerged after the body went missing that it was cursed and that several people who had been involved in investigations or had handled the body died in mysterious circumstances. Tamara Prosvirinia, who first found the body, died in an automobile accident in 1999.
Conspiracy theorists allege that Mark Milkhiker, a scholar who was studying the body, also took ill and died of a heart attack. The Kosmopoisk paranormal researcher Chernobrov also allegedly became paralyzed from the waist down and died mysteriously.
But conspiracy theorists have voiced suspicions that stories stating the corpse was cursed may have been floated by the authorities to discourage independent researchers taking an interest in finding the missing body.
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