Russian Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev has said aliens have visited the planet in an apparently unguarded moment during a Russian television interview.
In the interview with five journalists from leading Russian TV channels, Medvedev confirmed his support for President Vladimir Putin and dismissed rumors that he was on the brink of being fired.
He also addressed the panic (as reported by the New York Times last week) in some Russian regions about Mayan prophecies. For the record, Medvedev said he did not believe the world would end on December 21.
But it was when Medvedev thought that the cameras were no longer filming that he made the remarks about aliens, as well as less than complimentary comments about his former mentor, President Putin.
When one journalist asked whether Putin was given secret files about aliens along with the codes needed to activate Russia's nuclear arsenal, Medvedev replied:
"Along with the briefcase with nuclear codes, the president of the country is given a special 'top secret' folder. This folder in its entirety contains information about aliens who visited our planet."
"Along with this, you are given a report of the absolutely secret special service that exercises control over aliens on the territory of our country... more detailed information on this topic you can get from a well-known movie called Men In Black... I will not tell you how many of them are among us because it may cause panic."
"Colleagues, somebody should be extremely punctual, while somebody else is exhausting all the limits for being late," he said in reference to Putin's tardiness for an event in southern Russia that same day.
In addition, when another journalist complained about federal investigators searching the home of a witness in an unrelated investigation early in the morning, Mr Medvedev admitted:
"They are just jerks, so they come at eight in the morning. It's just their set of habits. I know many people who work in the police. They think if they come at seven in the morning they will get everything in the world."
Medvedev's comments have now inspired widespread ridicule on the Internet, though alien conspiracists will likely seize on them as more evidence of a "New World Order" cover up.
President Putin, a former KGB spy, and Prime Minister Medvedev worked together extensively during the 1990's and it was Putin who endorsed Medvedev's rise to power when he became Russia's youngest president in 2008 at the age of 43.
Some political watchers believe Medvedev will only remain in his current position until March or April due to ongoing political wars between rival factions. Recent events probably won't help.