Despite an acute lack of details, this is one of the most intriguing cases involving alien bodies discovered and made public.

The story begins in 1996, when a Russian police officers stumbled upon the body of a tiny creature in the town of Kyshtym, in the Chelyabinsk region. Because of its small size and unearthly features, media outlets soon dubbed it the ‘Kyshtym alien’. The local doctor who autopsied the body found out it was neither human nor animal. He believed it was a previously undiscovered life form.

Dr. Stanoslav Samoshkin was in charge of the anatomy department at the local hospital when authorities brought the strange body for analysis. After a meticulous examination, he concluded that:

The creature was not by any means a human being. The human skull consists of six bones. The skull of that creature was made up of 4 bones. There were other differences in the skeleton structure. Those anomalies didn’t look like any congenital malformations known to date.

Being almost 10 inches in length, the mummified body had an enlarged and misshaped head. Its large eye sockets occupied most of its face. When it was alive, the Kystym alien must have looked quite different from us humans. Interestingly enough, it strongly resembles Ata, another bizarre mummified body found in the Atacama Desert in 2003.


International media named it the ‘Uralian Alien’ and the world expected more details. Stories soon began to come into play.

One of them mentioned the tiny being had been found while still breathing by Tamara Prosvirina, an old and barely literate woman. In August of 1996, she heard a voice in her head pushing her to go to the local cemetery, where she discovered the small alien inside a tomb.

She took it home, baptized it Aleshenka and wanted to raise it as her son. Unfortunately, the alien died when Prosvirina got extremely ill and had to be hospitalized for a few weeks in a row.

Even if its exact origins were unknown, the Kyshtym alien had been a fascinating discovery. Analysts and paranormal researcher Vadim Chernobrov flew in from Moscow to inspect the body and concluded it was ‘sensational,’ since first genetic analysis showed it was definitely not human:

No gene samples available at the laboratory match the gene,” Chernobrov said during a conference on alien life. The experts in DNA research haven’t come across any creatures with such an elongated DNA molecule

It would be great if an independent laboratory could verify Chernobrov’s claims but such thing is unfortunately impossible these days. During the excitement caused by the discovery, the mummified alien body vanished without a trace. A somewhat incomplete investigation reported that somebody must have simply stolen the body from the hospital morgue where it was being held.


There were many attempts to retrieve Aleshenka across the years. A Japanese TV show even offered a reward of $200,000 for information that would lead to the alien mummy’s whereabouts but the mission was without success. However, the story doesn’t end here.

A series of strange accidents led to the idea of the alien body being cursed. Sources claim that shortly after Moscow researchers started investigating the case, Tamara Prosvirina was fatally struck by a car. Chernobrov himself inexplicably became paralyzed from the waist down while digging towards the past of this strange creature. His disease rapidly spread and was soon dead.

Another victim of the curse of the Kyshtym alien was academician Mark Milkhiker who fell ill after conducting his own investigation into this peculiar case. He suffered a heart attack after returning to Moscow and couldn’t be saved either.

Tracing and verifying the validity of these claims is difficult if not impossible, and would only prove they are adornments later added to the story. But the notable fact is that twenty years ago, somebody found the mummified remains of a creature presumably from another world, and like most stories, the evidence vanished without a trace.


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