This is a sampling of an eye-opening interview with a Russina General (in 1997) printed in the UFO Encounter Magazine. To read the full account, go to their site.
Here it is.
Valery Uvarov (VU): As a military man, when did you first
hear about or have anything to do with UFOs?
Major General Vasili Alexejev (VA): If we are speaking about in my military capacity, it was in the 1980s when I happened to be serving not in a regular unit, but in the central staff. Work in the central staff entails close links with the units in the field and a large amount of travelling. There were many reports from unit-level regarding a large number of observations of unexplained phenomena.
You should bear in mind that at that time much was simply denied. The subject was to a large extent a closed one. On the ground, however, people wanted to find out what was what, to separate truth from fiction. In that period a lot of things were presented in such a way that you lost the desire to believe. Accordingly, an attitude to the subject became established where not only was there no desire to believe, it was even undesirable to
Nevertheless, the information coming in from the bases was of interest if only because it was not merely talk and rumours; there were eye-witnesses to phenomena, and that was reflected in specific documents and the reports of officials. At times this information was of such a fascinating nature that it was impossible not to believe it. Later, the question no longer seemed so fantastic and began to be examined at the level not only of the Defence Ministry, but of other government departments as well. This interest specifically expressed itself in certain experts being sent to investigate, especially to those places where UFOs, let’s call them that, appeared
For more of this incredible interview, visit UFO Encounter Magazine.