Russian Official Says He Spoke With Aliens

Another demands inquiry to make sure he didn't spill secrets
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2010 2:48 PM CDT
US actor Steven Seagal and regional President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, right, walk past drums as they visit a Buddhist shrine in Elista, Kalmykia, Nov. 20, 2007.   (AP Photo/Mergen Bembinov)

(Newser) – It's a little funny that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of both the Russian Republic of Kalmyk and the International Chess Federation, says he was visited by aliens back in 1997. But it's hilarious that a Russian Duma security deputy is calling for an investigation to ensure he didn't give away any state secrets while he was exploring their space ship.

Last week, Ilyumzhinov told a Russian TV station that he'd been visited by some human-like creatures in yellow spacesuits who talked to him “on a level of the exchange of ideas.” Now, Duma Security Committee member Andrei Lebedev is asking Dmitry Medvedev to grill Ilyumzhinov on the incident, the Moscow Times reports. He wants to know how the incident affected Ilyumzhinov's governance, whether he revealed any secrets, and whether he told the Kremlin about it.

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