According to The Telegraph
, as he was finishing an interview with a Ren TV journalist, the former Russian president, presumed to have been unaware that the microphone was still turned on, said every new Russian president is given two folders of information about extraterrestrials who are permanently resident on earth. According to The Telegraph
, he was responding to a question whether Russian presidents receive secret files on aliens. He said:
"Along with the briefcase with nuclear codes, the president of the country is given a special 'top secret' folder. This folder in its entirety contains information about aliens who visited our planet. Along with this, you are given a report of the absolutely secret special service that exercises control over aliens on the territory of our country..."
And just in case the journalist could not picture the scenario he was trying to communicate about "absolutely secret special service that exercises control over aliens on the territory of our country," he advised him to see the film "Men in Black," saying, "more detailed information on this topic you can get from a well-known movie called 'Men In Black...'"
Medvedev told the journalist that he was not allowed to say "how many of them are among us because it may cause panic," implying there may be hordes of them, maybe even enough to take over the world.
According to The Telegraph
, none of the TV stations that interviewed Medvedev broadcast his tongue-in-cheek comments, but they were delivered to Reuters and some were shown on YouTube.
While the media have been quick to say that Medvedev was joking, the former president of Russia from 2008 to 2012 must realize that was an expensive joke coming from a former president of a country that is a major military power, in a world of conspiracy theorists who already assume the scenario independent of presidential endorsement, especially at less than two weeks to the prophesied Mayan "end of the world," scheduled for December 21.
His statement will be seen by fringe Alien and UFO conspiracy theorists as significant given that Russia boasts some of the most spectacular claims of UFO sightings and alien encounters. According to IB Times
, some of the bizarre stories include an alleged incidence in Minsk in 1984: "a green beam appeared from an aircraft. The beam was said to have swung rapidly from side to side while illuminating the cabin of an aircraft nearby. Two pilots who reported seeing the events first-hand were later diagnosed with cancer from electromagnetic radiation and severe brain damage, respectively."
As IB Times
points out, dryly, with such stories coming from Russia, "Perhaps Medvedev was not joking after all."
But the former president expressed belief in other unlikely phenomena that may suggest he was in a jocular off-air mood. He spoke about Santa Claus:
"I believe in Father Frost. But not too deeply. But anyway, you know, I'm not one of those people who are able to tell the kids that Father Frost does not exist.”
However, when he was asked whether he believed the world would end on Dec. 21, he said no.