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The Almasti

Aka : The snow man, Jangali Mosh ('man of the forest, wild man'), Barmanu, Chuchunaa


The Caucasus Mountains, the Pamir-Altaï Mountains*, West Mongolia, the Urals and the Russian Northwest (the Karelsky Isthmus, a 90-mile-long isthmus in Karelia, between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga). There have been interesting sightings in the Arkhangelsk Region as well.

Other paranormal phenomenon (UFOs and biophysical phenomena) have been reported  in the Pamir mountains.

The Almas are purportedly a race of wild men said to haunt the forrests of the Siberian wastelands of northern Russia. Unlike the more notable Yeti and Meteh of the Himalayan mountains, the Almas are more closely matched to humans in stature and are regarded with little more than indifference by the local natives. Perhaps the most plausible and well documented sighting of an Alma was reported in August of 1957 by a Russian scientist and hydrologist, Alexander G. Pronin. Pronin described the creature as “... a being of unusual aspect – reminiscent of a man’s figure, but with a strongly hunched back – his arms are longer than in the ordinary man (and) covered in with reddish gray hair.”

N.M. Pzewalski and the noted zoologist Khaklov both came across tales of the Almas from the Kazakh herdsmen in the Dzungaria, a region bordered by the Altai Mountains to the north and the Tien Shan Mountains to the south. Even though there are occasional reports of Almas having raided farms in search of food, the beings are treated with tolerance, beign considered an inferior form of humans and therefore more pitied than feared.

Several expeditions into Alma territory has been fielded by Professor Jeanne J. Kofman, resulting in numerous stories but no tangible proof of the creatures existence.





With a height of five to six feet, very human looking and slightly ape-like, the Almasti is close to the Yeti but has shorter arms. He has less hair (black or brown) on the face and body than the other hominids. It feeds on berries. Sometimes it attacks sheep, but it eats only their liver. Being a nocturnal creature, it is very difficult to catch a glimpse of this elusive hominoid. As a rule, the "snow man" leaves no traces of its death. In some cases, people have attempted to shoot the creature. These individuals reportedly died afterwards under mysterious circumstances. Soviet scientists speculate that the Chuchunaa represents the last surviving remnant of the Siberian paleo-asiatic aborigines that retreated to the upper reaches of the Yana and Indigirka rivers.





For centuries, reports about strange creatures and rituals have leaked from the taiga. Russian researcher Alexei Sitnikov and his team of researchers reported a very strange encounter that took place in 1993, while on their way to Lake Tonee. The explorers had been planning to study the area for several years, but had been unable to do so because of a lack of resources and the wretched state of the Russian economy. Their plan was to determine the optimal time to conduct an expedition to search for proof of the possible habitation of a gigantic serpent in the region. (There have been numerous reports about the existence of such a serpent in the Far Eastern part of Russia, in the Primorskaya taiga).  

The group of explorers had barely begun their trek when they had encountered a creature known to the locals as "snow man." They were crossing the river on a raft, and on the other bank of the river noticed a man who was covered with reddish fur. The creature turned around, made a sound resembling grunts, and then disappeared in the thicket. A few seconds later the raft had reached the shore, and Sitnikov with a colleague chased the creature. Their fellow explorer Sergei guarded the raft. They did not find the creature, and came back to the river. Sergei did find a barely visible footprint at the site where they first sighted the "snow man." Sitnikov recalls that the creature was only three meters away when they saw it, and it was plainly visible. The weather was sunny and clear. The creature was about two meters in height; its fur was of a dark hue, and not thick. Its head was somewhat triangular in shape, widening toward its base. (The base was straight, but from the forehead toward the crown the head narrowed.) The creature had small eyes, wide nostrils, and a slit in place of a mouth. The neck was not visible, and it looked as if the head was placed on wide shoulders. It possessed a powerful chest. Sitnikov had collected many descriptions of the "snow man" and has gathered statements from the local populace, including hunters who have encountered Bigfoot in the wilds. Secret settlements have been found deep in the thick woods.