Lake Issyk-Kul actually means “warm lake” as it never freezes despite being surrounded by ice. And Lake Baikal is considered to be the oldest and deepest lake in the world. It is home to water creatures not seen in other parts of the world along with a host of stories and legends surrounding it.

Several notable persons have treaded the path into the unknown while investigating these stories. One such person was researcher Ilya Grabovsky. Mr. Grabovsky begin his research in the 1930’s and died before he was able to fully share all that he learned with others. During his years of research he reported that local fisherman discovered a cave underwater in one of these lakes that contained the skeletons of very tall men with silver amulets. As the report goes the fisherman sold the majority of the silver from the amulets while holding on to a small piece of it. When examined the age of the remaining piece of silver could not be determined.

Other information that supports the idea of humanoids or other man-like creatures in these waters dates back to the mid 1800’s. During this time as reported by Mr. Grabovsky, Georgian divers reportedly found the opening of a cave under water that held the remains of giant humanoids. Along with this the local Krygz legend of the area also refers to the same major points: giants and a sunken city.

Later, some of the most significant occurrences regarding these mysterious lakes actually took place in the last 40 years involving the Soviet army. The Soviet army’s trainings in the 1980’s involved a lot of contact and dives into these lakes.

In 1982 Soviet military divers spotted very tall swimmers during an expedition. An intriguing point that they noted was that despite the cold waters these swimmers, or humanoids were without the proper attire or scuba gear (only wearing fitted suits and having their head concealed). This alerted the soldiers to the point that they wanted to attempt capture, but subsequently failed when they were thrown out of the water by an unknown force. The force had devastating consequences for the divers.

As noted by the author Mark Shteynberg, all of the military’s divers on that expedition succumbed to decompression sickness from being forced out of the water at such a depth. Three of the divers died due to the sickness and the others were seriously injured or incapacitated.

Finally, other evidence to support the presence of the strange creatures is that the Russian writer Mikhail Demidenko stated that he spoke to fisherman near Lake Baikal in the 1980’s. The fisherman stated that they did witness soldiers being propelled out of the water on separate occasions, even going beyond the water’s surface. It is also reported that the Commander of the USSR Military Diver Service personally warned soldiers at Issik Kul against capturing the creatures. And the Engineer Forces of the Ministry of Defense noted other lakes with similar creatures in a released statement to military in Turkmenistan.

But despite all this, the Russian government still rejects any notion of something unnatural or “not explained by nature” occurring in those waters. So unfortunately, it appears that this story is far from being concluded. More evidence does need to be presented and research conducted for us to soundly confirm such humanoids in Russian waters.

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If you want to learn more about the subject we recommend to read the book Russia’s USO Secrets: Unidentified Submersible Objects in Russian and International Waters by Paul Stonehill and Philip Mantle.