Are there underwater cities in the depths of mountain lakes in Central Asia inhabited by humane giants? What did Hitler’s expeditions regularly explore in Tibet …? Isik Kul is a deep lake on the northern side of the Tien Shan Mountains, in the Kyrgyz region of Transylvania Ala Tau. Its name means ‘warm water’ and indeed, although it is surrounded by high mountain peaks covered with snow and ice, the lake does not freeze even in the middle of the harshest winter.
According to the well-informed Ukrainian writer V. Krapiva, in the late 1930s, the Russian researcher of paranormal phenomena Grabovski wrote a very unusual story from that area. Grabovski met a man who was exploring a cave near Lake Isik Kul with his friend. Three human skeletons, each taller than three meters, were discovered in the cave. Each skeleton was covered with silver ornaments that resembled bats in shape.
The man was afraid of their appearance and did not say a word about his discovery to anyone for years. Yet he and his friend took the ornaments and transcribed them into silver bars. Only one small piece of decoration has been preserved. Soviet scientists who examined it said they could not determine the age of the ornament.
Interestingly, one Kyrgyz legend tells of an underground city that exists in the depths of the lake. The ruler of that city, King Osounes, was a creature of unusual appearance – he had long ears. The lake is known not only for the water that does not freeze and the legend of the lost city, but also for the unusual paranormal phenomena.
The earliest mention of similar giant creatures dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. In Georgia, which was part of the Russian Empire, several boys discovered a cave full of humanoid skeletons in the middle of the mountain. Each skeleton was at least three meters high. In order to reach the cave, the boys had to dive into the lake. Georg Papashvili and his wife recalled this story in their book printed in New York in 1925 about Georgian immigrants adjusting to life in America.
Many years later, a far more sinister incident took place in the then Soviet Union on Lake Baikal. In 1992, the Russian magazine ‘Anomalia’, which writes about paranormal phenomena, published a text by Mark Steinberg, a Soviet veteran of the Afghan war. Steinberg wrote several books and is an expert on the Russian army, who now lives in the United States. In his text at the time, he describes how, in the summer of 1982, together with Lieutenant Colonel Gennady Zverev, he actively led the occasional training of divers-scouts in Turkistan and other Central Asian military regions. The training was conducted on Lake Isik Kul.
According to the media, underwater missiles and torpedoes were tested in that lake during the Soviet era. Today, in Kyrgyzstan, it is claimed, there is still a Russian maritime communication center on Lake Isik Kul. But in 1982, Major General V. Demjanko, commander of the military diving service of engineering units of the USSR Ministry of Defense, unexpectedly and in a hurry informed local officers about an unusual event that took place during a similar training in Trans-Baikal in the West Siberian military region.
During military exercises, frog humans encountered mysterious underwater swimmers, rather humanoid creatures of enormous dimensions, over three meters high. These ‘swimmers’ wore only tight-fitting silver suits and the ice-cold water didn’t seem to bother them at all. At a depth of 50 meters, the ‘swimmers’ had neither deep diving equipment nor any other equipment. Only their heads were covered with spherical helmets.
In the text, Scheinberg further claims that the local military commanders in Siberia decided to capture one of those creatures. A special group of seven divers was sent on the mission. But while one of the team members was trying to throw a net over the creature, suddenly some powerful force dragged all the divers into the spring and then literally threw them from the depths to the surface of the lake. And as the autonomous equipment of deep divers does not allow surfacing from such a depth without first undergoing the decompression process, all members of the unfortunate underwater expedition earned an aero-embolism, or caisson disease, due to the sudden surfacing. The only cure was to immediately undergo decompression in special hyperbaric pressure chambers. The army had several such chambers, but only one was in good condition. Only two people could fit in it. However, local military commanders pushed four frog people into the hyperbaric chamber, which resulted in the death of three divers and severe disability of the fourth.
Major Generals were sent to Lake Isik Kul to warn local military commanders not to try to capture ‘swimmers’ anymore. Although Lake Isik Kul is shallower than Lake Baikal, its depth is quite sufficient for the life of these mysterious creatures. The Soviet high command knew of the existence of ‘swimmers’ and ordered them not to touch. Maybe they knew far more about the underwater inhabitants of Isik Kula than the independent researcher Grabovski. Shortly afterwards, the headquarters of the Turkmen military region received an order from the commander of the ground forces. The order analyzed the incident on Lake Baikal in detail and reprimanded the officers there.
The order also came with an information bulletin of the General Staff of the Engineering Units of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR, which lists numerous deep lakes in which unusual phenomena have been registered: the appearance of underwater creatures analogous to the Baikal type of ‘swimmers’, raising and lowering giant disks and spheres?!?