RUSSIA: Enoch & Other Cosmonauts

The controlled newspapers and magazines of the Soviet Union ridiculed the Western craze for flying saucers. But ever since the first Sputnik, the Russians have indulged in their own kind of science fiction about possible visitors from outer space. One Aleksandr Kazantsev theorized that the great Tunguska depression in Siberia, actually caused by the fall of a meteor in 1908, had really resulted from the explosion of a nuclear-powered spaceship attempting to land on earth. Reputable Soviet meteor experts and astronomers ridiculed Kazantsev's theory and accused him of being a charlatan and...

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