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    Snowman Skeleton Found in Urals?

    This is the result of a reference emailed to me in 2005 from a Skadi member, Atlanto-Med. It turned out to be quite a story.




    January 15, 2005

    "Wildman" skeleton found in the Urals?

    The Chelyabinsk biologist 1), Nikolaj Avdeev is a well known personality in the Russian "Snowman" scene. In 1987 Bayanov 2) published in Bigfoot Co-op a summary of two letters to him from Avdeev with some comments. These contained Andeevs field work in the Komi Republic. Jane and Colin Bord's 1989 book 3) contained a photograph of Avdeev.

    In the Russian journal Uralskij Sledopyt (Ural Stalker), Avdeev published a report 4) in 2002 about the killing of a ' Wildman' by villagers in the southern Urals about 1913. The saga took place in Ibragimovo village on the river Techa, about 30 miles north-east of the city of Chelyabinsk in the eastern southern Urals. According to Avdeev, he learned about the story from the Bashkir living in Chelyabinsk, Fail Sadykov, who had heard it from his grandfather, Galim Garipov, who claimed to have seen the dead creature when he was still a child. At the time, the newspaper Permskie Gubernskie Vedmosti is said to have carried a message about the case.

    According to Garipov, a wild, human-like, hairy creature appeared at that time in the vicinity of Ibragimovo village. In the regional folktales and legends it is referred to as Shurale. The creature killed domestic animals at night and filled the surrounding forest with savage cries. The village inhabitants armed themselves with hayforks, axes etc. and hunted and killed the Shurale. It had been buried in a flat earth hole. But it was yet alive and was found dead beside the hole it the next morning.

    Superiors were informed who visited the village and looked at the dead creature. Avdeev: "They examined the slain Shurale and although he was human-like, he differed considerably from modern humans: He was black, completely covered in hair, with pronounced brow-ridges, a small squashed nose, without a forehead, with a massive neck, arms which reached to under the knee, eyes with a red colour, great white teeth and blunt nails." The creature was buried in the forest outside the village by the local Mullah. Nasifa Galimovna Sadykova, Fail Sadykov's mother, recalled that her father had shown her the approximate position of the grave when she was a child. According to Avdeev, together with his informant Fail Sadykov he undertook several trips to the area in search of the grave.

    The village of Ibragimovo lies in the area of the atomic-power station Majak which had had an accident in 1957 whereby, according to present day information, about twice the amount of the leaked Chernobyl radioactivity was released. As a result about 10.000 people were evacuated as well as the village of Ibragimovo which still remains uninhabited today. In the search for eyewitnesses of the event, Avdeev found an old man, Keramat Abdulin, who had previously lived in Ibragimovo. He is quoted with the following words: "When I was twelve years old, one of my older friends didn't just tell me about Shurale but also showed me his grave upon which we stood and danced about as a test of courage." Abdulin sketched a map of the village with the position of the grave and visited the spot with Avdeev. An "immediate inspection" however revealed that the grave was not at the spot Abdulin thought he remembered.
    Avdeev reported that Fail Sadykov had recently sent him a further message: Usman Benshaditov, the son of the Mullah who had buried the Shurale, said he knew the spot where the grave was: "Look next to the river on a small hill beside the crossroads."

    In the newspaper Zhizn-Khabarovsk, appearing in Khabarovsk city (Russian Far-East), Vladislav Verigo 5) wrote in August 2004 that the "scientist and biologist"Nikolaj Avdejev seemed to have found "the grave of the Snowman" in the Urals:
    "... The excavation of the grave proved to be sensational in every way. From the first moment Avdeev had established that the skull from the grave was larger than that of a human one. The brow is low like the Neanderthals' with strongly pronounced superciliary arches and jaws, particularly the lower. The biologist immediately sent photographs of the discovery and the skeleton, which had broken bones in many places, to the professor of the St. Petersburg University, Valentin Sapunov, who answered at once: 'Continue with the excavation. That is a very interesting specimen. Don't fail to measure the bones. [...]"

    According to Verigo, an examination of the skull was carried out by two scientists from St. Petersburg, the morphologist Garutt, member of a zoological institute and the anthropologist Chartanovich from the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnography. Garutt observed that the face of the skull had an unusual animal expression and that the creature must have possessed enormous strength. Valentin Sapunov supposedly found similarities with the skull unearthed by Igor Burtsev in Abkhazia. According to Verigo, scientists offered Avdeev a further "Yeti grave" to open in the Urals, to which he is supposed to be on the way. Verigo's article contained a portrait photograph of Avdeev as well as a photograph of the Shurale skull.

    At the beginning of August 2004 the Ufa edition of Komsomol'skaya Pravda 6) had already reported that Nikolaj Avdeev had succeeded in finding a "Snowman skeleton" in the Urals, but did not publish details of the circumstances of the find and no photographs.

    The terms Shurale, Jarymtyk and Urman Jase are used in the folklore of Bashkir and Kazan Tartars for a wild, human-like creature. According to folklore tradition it lives in the forest and its whole body is covered in hair. Its description is similar to that of the 'Leshij', a personality in the Russian folklore.


    1 The well known Chelyabinsk journalist and correspondent for the Komsomol'skaya Pravda, Sergej Smirnov,
    claimed in an article in 2003 about the 'Snowman' problem that Avdeev is not a biologist but a mechanic
    in a Chelyabinsk granite quarry instead.
    [Smirnov, Sergej. 2003. On hunt for a ghost´, Tribuna, July 26 (in Russian) ].
    2 Bayanov, Dmitri in Bigfoot Co-op, May 1987, republished in Bayanov, D. 1996. In the footsteps of the
    Russian Snowman, Moscow: Crypto-Logos, 185-189.
    3 Bord, Janet and Collin. 1989. Modern mysteries of the world, London: Grafton Books.
    4 Avdeev, Nikolaj. 2002. The mystery of the Shurale from Ibragimovo, Uralskij Sledopyt, 2, 70-72 (in Russian).
    5 Verigo, Vladislav. 2004. The skull of the Yeti found´, Zhizn-Khabarovsk, 32, August 4 (in Russian).
    Probably this concerns a reprint from another Russian newspaper or journal.
    6 Shakhov, Stanislav. 2004. The corpse of the Snowman was found in the neighbouring province,
    Komsomol'skaya Pravda (Ufa edition), August 3 (in Russian).

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    I have no idea if the Russian researchers speak English but Meldrum might be able to follow this up.

    The lechy isn't a wildman or bigfoot cryptid though. Its a shape-shifting forest spirit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catterick View Post
    I have no idea if the Russian researchers speak English but Meldrum might be able to follow this up.

    The lechy isn't a wildman or bigfoot cryptid though. Its a shape-shifting forest spirit.
    Here is the source along with many more such reports:


    http://www.stgr-primates.de/news.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Here is the source along with many more such reports:


    http://www.stgr-primates.de/news.html
    This is a very good site but not updated since 2011?

    The site promises "Results from the 2010 fieldwork season in the north-central Caucasus" but they seem still in preparation.

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