Hundreds of locals claim to have seen a triangle of rotating circles in the skies of Elista, the capital of Russia's southern Republic of Kalmykia.
According to RT, the sightings have been seen by hundreds of locals every ten days this month, and if true, would make the next sighting on New Year’s Day. The last sighting was on December 22.
Spotlights over a shopping center is the apparent reason for the odd lights.
But in another twist, the President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, claims to have been abducted by aliens from a Moscow apartment, in 1997.
RT reports Ilyumzhinov saying they are a friendly type, and are not ready to meet humans. He remembers walking through a long tunnel that led to a space ship, where he met aliens in yellow spacesuits.
In an interview with New York Times on November 18, 2010, he says that “it is no coincidence that every year NASA registers over 4,000 contacts with extraterrestrial civilizations.” He plans to write about his experience, releasing the book in the United States in 2011. The multi-millionaire wrote an autobiography twelve years ago, with chaptert titles such as "Without Me the People Are Incomplete", "I Become a Millionaire," and "It Only Takes Two Weeks to Have a Man Killed".
He is also the President of FIDE (or the "World Chess Federation") and believes that chess is a gift from the extraterrestrial.
According to RadioLiberty or RFE/RL, Ilyumzhinov was stepping down from office in September 2010, after 17 years of rule. Kalmykia, population of 300,000, is one of Russia's poorer regions. Ilyumzhinov has faced fierce opposition to his eccentric rule, which his opponents say was marred by corruption and gross mismanagement. But according to Wikipedia, he is still president.
The Guardian reports that Kalmykia is the only Buddhist region in Europe, populated mostly by descendants of the Golden Horde that never returned home after the Mongol Khans retreated from Russia.
The politician who is not afraid to talk about aliens, feels we are not alone.