reply to post by Jadette
A very good link. Overall, not convincing in and of itself. It reminds me of the neverending squabbles of western Ufology. We hear that all the time
here, where one "researcher" denounces another, usually to grab more attention for himself.
The soldiers didn't set up a paremeter defense. True enough. But I have seen some pretty shoddy soldiering by all types of military, including
American. A hurridly thrown together group of soldiers grabbed from whatever was available would hardly perform like a drill team. (All soldiers
perform at the lowest level their superiors allow, and if the superiors are concentrating on something else, soldiers are natural slackers. Besides,
the USSR soldier of that era wasn't well trained, except for a few crack units.)
And the uniforms, especially the use of officer style buckles, means very little if we have no knowledge of what unit we're seeing. (As one example,
in the US it's customary for privates to wear armbands of rank when training in boot camp. Also, military academies routinly use non regulation
uniforms.) Not only that, there's no clear evidence these were really soldiers. These could just as well have been workers from some munitions plant
thrown into available uniforms, maybe from a supply center, to impress cooperation from the locals.
I too doubt this footage
, despite what I have theorized above. I'm simply pointing out the flaws in thinking we have answers that we don't.
We can't be certain. Hell, even today we can't reach a unified conclusion on the events surrounding the death of JFK, despite it being one of the
most public deaths on record. So how can we hope to have anything but shadows surrounding a film from the somewhere in a Russian forest?
Without the original film stock to analyze, for starters, and detailed information from some firsthand participants naming units, commanders, spatial
coordinates, and such minutia which could be cross checked, we have no clear proof for or against this. It's no more than wishful thinking to
conclude real or hoax in such an instance.
The measure of an open mind is the insight to know when not to make it up at all.