Discovered in the village of Kaolinovy, Russia in 1996 by a mentally ill elderly woman, Tamara Vasilievna Prosvirina, Aleshenka, also known as the Kyshtym Dwarf, is an anthropomorphic artifact alleged to be a small human fetus and/or, you know, an alien. Two Japanese companies, Asahi TV and MTV Japan actually made documentaries about Aleshenka as its discovery and origins were so fascinating and slightly disturbing. As if its discovery were not unusual enough, the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of its body and the death of Tamara add to the creepiness factor.
An online Russian newspaper gives a recounting of Aleshenka's discovery, which in my personal opinion reads like fan fiction, but how are we to know if it is actually true? You see, Tamara suffered from "psychiatric disease" and often spent time gathering flowers from graves at local cemeteries and decorating the rooms of her house with these flowers. One particular night, Tamara heard a strange voice inside her head that requested she visit the cemetery. It was there that Tamara found Aleshenka's tiny body, unable to speak, but whistling quietly to attract Tamara's attention. Tamara scooped Aleshenka up and took it home.
In 1999, Tamara was unfortunately killed an in automobile accident upon trying to escape the hospital. Tamara was naked and walking along the highway, wearing only green socks. Eye-witnesses say it looked as though Tamara was reacting to someone calling to her. Before police were able to intervene, Tamara was hit by two vehicles, thrown over 40 feet in the air, and fell back onto the road, where she died.
Soon after Tamara's death, the remains of Aleshenka disappeared. There are a plethora of theories of what might've happened. Aleshenka's body was recovered by a UFO inhabited by members of Aleshenka's species. Aleshenka's body was bought by a wealthy collector of oddities. Aleshenka's body was stolen or simply disappeared into thin air. It was also reported that the investigator assigned to the case handed over Aleshenka's body to a pair of "ufologists" to examine the body. To this day, no one knows what happened to Aleshenka.
On April 15th, 2004, genetic experts at the Moscow Vavilov Institute of General Genetics made an official statement that Aleshenka was a premature female human infant with severe deformities. The Kyshthm Disaster of 1957 greatly polluted the area with radiation, thusly resulting in the potential deformities present in the human fetus. Interestingly enough, Vadim Chernobrov, a coordinator with the public research center, Kosmopoisk, is quoted as saying, "A gene discovered in the DNA samples doesn't correspond with any genes pertaining to humans or anthropoid apes. No gene samples available at the laboratory match the gene."
Let me go ahead and add to the creepiness of this case: Mark Milkhiker was an academic who looked into the case of the Kyshytm phenomenon on location and carefully examined the area in which Aleshenka was found. Soon after, Milkhiker fell ill and died of a sudden heart attack. Also, Chernobrov, as mentioned above, was diagnosed with a mysterious disease that paralyzed him from the waist down, a disease which doctors were unable to explain. Coincidence? Bad luck? Curse? Who knows?
SO, all this being said, what are our thoughts on Aleshenka? Fetus/alien? Real/fiction? Are the details surrounding Aleshenka's existence so cloudy and unbelievable that this could all be one big urban legend? Is it better to be a skeptic and think this is all hogwash or be optimistically curious and perhaps believe Aleshenka's story to be true?
I had originally intended to add Pedro the Mummy and the Atacama skeleton to this post via my sistar Joanna sending me links about them, BUT I realize this post alone is becoming tl;dr (too long, didn't read.) Therefore, look for Tiny Alien Mummies PART TWO coming up in the next few weeks!
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