‘Soviet Serpent’—A Blast from the Past

I thought today would be a great time for a lake monster report from the past. Almost 40 years ago, during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was still intact, word of a lake monster slipped out from under the Iron Curtain when a member of the Soviet Geographical Society wrote about a lake monster sighting in Komsomolskaya Pravda, the official Communist youth newspaper of the day.

The report comes from the mysterious Lake Kol-Kol, located in the Dzhambul region of Kazakhstan. The lake has long been rumored to be home to a monster. Area shepherds have reported seeing the creature leave the water to prey on sheep. The monster, called Aidakhar, a word meaning huge snake, was said to be 50 feet long with a camel-like head. The description matches “typical” lake monster descriptions from other parts of the globe.

Lake Kol-Kol shares some similarities with other lakes that are said to be home to monsters. The lake is very deep, some believe it may be bottomless. The lake is also said to have a system of underwater caverns—this is commonplace in the lake monster phenomenon.

If a monster isn’t enough, Lake Kol-Kol experiences other unique phenomena. Locals believe the lake is alive and that it breathes. Gasses are released from the lake bottom which produces whistling and sighing sounds.

Click on the picture below to read the article for yourself:

Russian Lake Monster (1977)



Denver Michaels

I am an author and researcher with a passion for cryptozoology, lost civilizations, the paranormal, and all things unexplained.

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