Ghosts in the USSR

Ghosts in the USSR
Ghosts in the USSR

It turns out that ghosts are found not only in ancient palaces, castles and mansions in Western Europe. There are cases when people encounter them in rooms that are clearly not suitable for their habitation, or even just on the street. This happens in our country and in the former republics of the Soviet Union.

The Black Bull's Tricks

The well-known Russian journalist and writer, researcher of anomalous phenomena Igor Vinokurov in his book "Ghosts and Ghosts" tells about an incident that occurred in 1916 at a mine in the Bakhmutinsky district of the Yekaterinoslav province and was covered in detail in the press of that time. Bakhmut - now the city of Artyomovsk, Donetsk region in Ukraine, Yekaterinoslav - modern Dnepropetrovsk.

One day, miners working in a remote face of the mine, suddenly saw some black creature, like a bull, walking towards them. Frightened, they hastened to climb the mountain. There was no one left in the mine. However, soon signals were sent from there demanding the submission of trolleys for loading coal. It was strange - after all, all the people were at the top. After some consultation, the trolleys were brought in. Soon there was a new signal: to raise the trolleys to the surface. They were lifted up, and they were all loaded to the top with coal.

The trolleys were unloaded and again, after a signal from below, they were lowered into the mine, and then they were again lifted up filled with coal, unloaded and sent down. This was repeated several times. Then, from the depths of the mine, there was a demand that the elders go down there. For some time no one dared, but then two masters dared. They ordered at the first signal to immediately lift them up. When the lifting cage reached the face, the craftsmen saw with horror the same black bull. They began to give a signal to lift them up, but at the same time there were demands to the surface to lower the cage even lower. Upstairs they could not understand what to do, but then they still decided to raise the masters. As soon as they were at the top, the mine collapsed …

Is Lenin still more alive than all the living?

The next case Igor Vinokurov borrowed from the writer and poet Vladimir Tsybin.

On the afternoon of November 17, 1991, the Volkovs were walking leisurely along Voinov Street in St. Petersburg when a pedestrian in an old-fashioned coat and cap overtook them. Stocky, short, he walked quickly with his hands in his pockets, and looked very much like … Vladimir Ilyich. The resemblance intensified even more when, slowing down his steps, he took off his cap and wiped the bald spot so well known to all with a handkerchief. The intrigued spouses quickened their pace and almost caught up with the "Ilyich" on Liteiny Prospekt, when he stopped and looked in bewilderment at the gloomy Big House, where the FSB Directorate for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region is located, and then resolutely headed towards Liteiny Bridge.

A strong wind was blowing over the Neva, and the couple did not follow the passers-by across the bridge, deciding that this was one of the many characters created for television shows and advertisements. But, continuing to look after the retreating "leader", they noticed a certain oddity in his appearance: he walked across the bridge as if there was no wind. And the man walking in front of him fluttered the hem of his cloak, and with one hand he held his hat on his head.

The couple were distracted for just a few seconds, and when they looked at the bridge again, "Ilyich" disappeared.

According to Vladimir Tsybin, in 1992-1993, before the bloody events of 1993 in Moscow, Lenin appeared more than once both on the streets of the capital and in St. Petersburg, in his unchanging cap, stooping slightly and trying to hide his face from passers-by. And this was not a disguised and made-up person, because, according to eyewitnesses, he appeared suddenly and just as suddenly disappeared.

Voices and shadows of Gestapo prisoners

The city of Gatchina lies forty kilometers south of the center of St. Petersburg.In tsarist times, summer residences of crowned heads and their entourage were erected here, which were luxurious garden and park ensembles. And during the Great Patriotic War, starting in September 1941, the city was in the hands of the German invaders for more than two years. It was during that period that tragic events took place in Gatchina.

Here is what became known about their echoes (in the truest sense of the word) to the St. Petersburg journalist Mikhail Alexandrov, who visited "the scene" in early 2006.

There is a two-story red brick building in the center of Gatchina, on Khokhlova Street. For more than half a century, people did not enter it - after all, the Gestapo was located there during the years of occupation. On the second floor there were offices and apartments for the rest of the Nazi executioners, on the first floor there were interrogation rooms. They tortured and shot prisoners in the basement. For many years, the ill-fated building was empty. His basement was flooded with water, and the entire first floor was littered with rubbish. Only recently was the house, now owned by the Gatchina car company, repaired and a ticket office and bus information center were placed in it.

But, despite the renovation of the building, drivers and cashiers regularly encounter the ghosts of people tortured by the invaders in those distant years. These meetings take place both inside the building and nearby. The latter is understandable (if such a word is generally applicable to such phenomena): after all, a concentration camp was located on this territory, in which thousands of people died, and the mentioned house was on its outskirts.

According to local residents, in the old days they often heard screams at night in an abandoned building. Now the employees of the car company have to visit it almost around the clock. Some even sleep in rooms on the second floor. In such cases, people try to keep the doors of the rooms locked and not go down the stairs again. Sometimes at night they hear muffled sobs and low moans coming from the basement. And the drivers returning from night flights have seen strange pictures in the yard more than once.

- A couple of weeks ago I returned to the base after the last flight to St. Petersburg, - says the driver Alexander K. - As soon as I passed the gate, I noticed a line of people in army overcoats near the dispatch building. Staggering from side to side, they walked one after another, and then formed a circle. The vision was so real that I even slowed down and honked it. People instantly disappeared, as if they had disappeared into thin air. They looked like Soviet soldiers during the war. And our men say that they saw them on the territory of the car park 20 years ago. Nobody is especially afraid of them. These soldiers will not do anything bad to us. After all, then, more than 60 years ago, they died in order for us to live now. On Victory Day, we always leave on the table in the courtyard "regimental hundred grams" with a piece of bread.

A giant with a strange head

Journalist Inna Svechenovskaya told about one very curious ghost. It appeared in St. Petersburg shortly after October 1917 in the Kunstkamera founded by Peter the Great (now the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography named after him). At one time there, again by order of Peter, the skeleton of a man of enormous growth was placed as an exhibit.

After violent revolutionary events and the confusion that followed, some of the museum's exhibits, including the skull of a giant skeleton, disappeared somewhere. Soon, museum keepers and guards began to whisper that at night the ghost of a skeleton was wandering the corridors and seemed to be looking for something. And he was looking, of course, for his skull.

Many employees of the Kunstkamera faced this ghost, including its director, the late Rudolf Ferdinandovich Its. To all questions about the ghost, he answered that such a creature really exists and that, in principle, anyone who wants to see it can see it.At the same time, he emphasized that the character of the ghost is quite peaceful, and it is indifferent to people, as to something inevitable.

In general, a ghost wandered around the halls of the museum and did not touch anyone until someone thought of solving his problem in a purely practical way. An alien skull was attached to the skeleton, and, apparently satisfied with this decision, the ghost stopped its nocturnal wanderings and searches.

Guardian of the Narva Gate

But, perhaps, the most famous ghost of the city on the Neva has chosen one of the city's attractions - the Narva Gate - as its place of residence. This triumphal arch was erected in memory of the Patriotic War of 1812 according to the designs of the outstanding architects Giacomo Quarenghi and V.P. Stasov. It is crowned by a chariot driven by the Goddess of Glory, created by sculptors P.K. Klodt and S.S. Pimenov. At the foot of the arch there are sculptures of Russian soldiers by Stepan Pimenov and V.I. Demut-Malinovsky, in addition, the gate is decorated with a bas-relief with human figures.

It is among these figures that the ghost dwells. As soon as the clock strikes midnight, it comes to life and, seeing a person walking by, raises its hands. In the last century, residents of nearby houses scared children with them, and they themselves, especially closer to night, tried to bypass the gate. After all, who knows what the ghost has on his mind: maybe he greets the townspeople, or maybe he curses …

The famous artist Pavel Filonov immortalized the ghost in the painting "Narva Gate", written in 1929. Nowadays, thrill-seekers, wanting to be convinced of the existence of a ghost, watch him at night. But he, apparently dissatisfied with modern curiosity and arrogance, now appears extremely irregularly and raises his hands as if through force.

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