Encounters with the Unknown
The Otherworldly Journey of Mikhail Babkin
by: Albert Rosales
Location. Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Date: January 14 1978 Time: 06:00 a.m.
Three 18-year old men, Mikhail Babkin, Nikolay Leontyev and Vitaliy Kravchenko were in a room at the local sports complex “Oktyabryonok”. They had been celebrating the passing of the old New Year with glasses of champagne and enjoying steam baths in the sauna and swimming pool, also eating mixed with some vodka. At 0600A the watchman proposed that the young men go home and accompanied to the rear exit of the building, through a long corridor with concrete walls without windows. The corridor was located in the basement area near the pool’s walls. They were walking along the corridor in the following order, the watchman walking ahead, followed by Leontyev, then Babkin followed by Kravchenko.
The corridor was very narrow. Suddenly Mikhail seemed to trip, despite the narrow corridor and the obvious lack of reason. The smooth concrete floor had no potholes. However, Babkin’s left leg had tripped over some kind of “hole”. He screamed and Leontyev turned around in amazement. He could not believe his eyes as he saw Babkin’s shoulder penetrate into the concrete wall and in a moment Babkin’s entire body vanished into the wall. He disappeared, apparently dissolving into the wall (!). The stunned witnesses began examining the wall with their hands looking for any doors or crevasses but their hands only touched concrete.
Mikhail later told his friends that he had suddenly entered a small and dark room. To his left he could see an object, which resembled a medical examination chair. Across from him he could see a slightly opened door. There was a narrow window on the right wall of the room. He could see tops of trees entirely covered in dense green leaves; they were moving about in a strong wind. Babkin was amazed, it was in the middle of winter, but outside this “window” it appeared to be summer and broad daylight. Also a few seconds ago he had been walking in an underground corridor and here he was looking at a view of a fourth story floor. Moving as if in a trance Babkin moved towards the slightly opened door and pushed it open. He then entered another room, also shrouded in gloom. There was a round platform on the ceiling that gave off a faint light and there were no windows in the room. A similar “medical chair” stood near the wall. He felt very lightheaded and moved about like a robot. He walked forward and opened another door stepping into the strangest room yet. It was absolutely dark, with some bright areas visible in the inky darkness. The lights seemed to hypnotically influence Babkin. He became numb and unable to look away from the lights. Suddenly he noticed several black humanoid figures that appeared in front of him, faintly lit by the pulsating patches of light. Their heads appeared rectangular in shape. There were five of them and they stood unmoving in front of him. One of the humanoids, standing in the front was slightly hunched over and appeared to be working in some kind of device that gave off light. The device was not big, resembling a “corncob” with a pointy end, which was pointed directly at Babkin. The object emanated a very bright light but strangely it did not illuminate the surrounding area. Babkin then heard a male voice inside his head, the voice said, “This one?” Another voice, also inside Babkin’s head answered, “No, not him”. The first voice then said immediately, “Memory erasure is necessary”. This phrase frightened Babkin terribly. He realized that with deafening clarity that it was his memory that was going to be erased. Horrified, Babkin seemed to snap out of his confused state and ran out the door and suddenly jumped back into the corridor of the sports complex, screaming inarticulate remarks. He heard a door closed behind him with a loud slam. When he turned around the door was gone. His friends had been searching for him for about an hour, running across the complex in complete despair. But according to Babkin he had spent only five minutes in that other strange parallel world.
Source: X-Libri UFO, Russia, Alexey K. Priyma “Unknown Worlds”
1996 Type: G
Comments: It seems like Babkin momentarily stepped into some kind of pseudo parallel universe and was indeed lucky to have been able to return