10-09-89 SECAUCUS, N.J. A consultant on the subject of unidentified flying objects said Monday that reports of a UFO in the Soviet Union with 10-foot high humanoids aboard would be treated seriously by scientists in that country. Stanton Friedman, who was in New Jersey to lecture Monday night, said in an interview that the USSR Academy of Sciences created a Commission on Anomalistic Atmospheric Phenomena in 1984. The commission was prompted by a UFO siting near the city of Gorky, said Friedman, a consultant who lectures on the topic "Flying Saucers Are Real" and who's examined Soviet studies of UFOs.
He said that in April 1988, 300 scientists gathered in the Siberian city of Tomsk for a conference on "sporadic instant phenomena" and recommended that the Siberian branch of the Academy of Sciences draft a proposal on the study of UFO's. Last June, the Soviet publication "Soviet Military Review" included an article on "UFO's and Security." Friedman said the authors of the article argued that the computers required to run the United States' space-based antimissile defense would not be able to distinguish between missiles and UFO's and would increase the likelihood of World War III starting by accident. The article calls for international cooperation on the study of UFO's, Friedman said. "True, there's some political hype in there," he said.
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