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Russian official admits to staging Yeti sightings

By T.K. Randall
April 11, 2021 · Comment icon 107 comments

The Siberian Yeti - a real creature or a tourist attraction ? Image Credit: DangrafArt / Pixabay
One of Putin's longest-serving regional leaders has admitted to using a fake Yeti to attract tourists.
Siberia's Shoria Mountains have been home to a number of unexplained sightings of a large, bipedal, ape-like creature over the years, but now it seems as though at least some of these were a hoax.

Aman Tuleyev - who was governor of Kemerovo Oblast from 1997 to 2018 - has made the rather startling confession that he employed a man in a Yeti costume to drum up interest in the region.

"I must admit, I confess, yes, it was I who fueled interest in the Yeti," he said.

Initially, Tuleyev had tried to drum up business by arranging an annual Yeti Day with the promise of a cash prize being offered to anyone who could produce proof of the creature's existence.
"People started coming, rushed to scour the forests," he said. "Of course, no-one found the Yeti, but Shoria attracted increased attention."

Once interest in the hunt had faded, however, he told his district chief - Vladimir Makuta - to "find someone tall, throw off his office suit, turn a fur coat inside out and run around... shouting so that tourists notice but they must not catch him."

Despite the ruse however, Tuleyev remains adamant that the creature does actually exist.

"Many local hunters swear that they saw a 2-meter giant with their own eyes in remote places, covered with hair," he said.

"Scientists have not yet been able to meet with him, but they seem to have found traces."

Source: New York Post | Comments (107)

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Comment icon #98 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
So if science shows a new discovery we should ignore it? How hard is that to grasp?  
Comment icon #99 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
  Maybe there is hope to get it back on track, Nobu. 
Comment icon #100 Posted by Resume 3 years ago
Of course not.  But it hasn't been demonstrated in this case, a fact that eludes you.  I have no idea why.
Comment icon #101 Posted by Resume 3 years ago
You've repeated a unverified bald assertion as if it were a fact and you've been called on it.  That's not just casual conversation. .No reason to doubt a mundane fact. Again, animals stray outside of assumed ranges; a mundane trivial occurence that happens all the time, no reason to doubt that. But these things are red herring, You are making truth claims that you cannot support and you are butt hurt at being called on it.  So what?  
Comment icon #102 Posted by Resume 3 years ago
I don't know, and that's a perfeclty acceptable answer.  You've said you are an experienced outdoors person so you know that trackways, especially in the snow, are subject to natural phenomenon that distort them; wind, melt, and over-freeze, all change the character of a given track.  So a shrug and a "I don't know" suffices until further data is presented.
Comment icon #103 Posted by the13bats 3 years ago
I tried once and was ignored or trolled lets try once more before i give up. Just because i am savvy with c3 vettes and can rebuild one from ground up doesnt mean i know everything about every car built, and the same is true about the people you asked about these tracks you can not expect a person to know every alleged track out there or if it even is a track. How did you prove mountain goats do not leave such tracks? First and formost you have made a hell of an assumption the prints are actually from any living creature they very well could be fakes. If we speculate they are tracks We have no... [More]
Comment icon #104 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
I'm starting to develop a profile for him based off of his interactions on the forums.  There is a trend of underlying items that seems to drive his posts and responses to posts.
Comment icon #105 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
You trusted Eva Bellemain when the team said "sheep", didn't you? So there is no doubt it has been "demonstrated", just not to the point that satisfies science and sceptics. HOWEVER... it is within the realm of possibility that the original DNA results established by genetics expert, Eva Bellemain, be made public, but it seems some forces are all too happy that those results get BURRIED. Why? Face it, resume, you and others in here are expressing no wonder about those test results and are not anxious to see them. Whereas I want to know the truth.
Comment icon #106 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
It absolutely IS casual conversation. Again, you are trying SO HARD to discourage any conversation about the unknown Species. The sheep... not a problem. To heck with the sheep, that is mundane. let's get to the interesting stuff, but NOOOOOOOOO says Resume, you need to get that authorized in triplicate blah.blah.blah. Now tell me, mister Resume, why are you even bringing up rogue animals??? At no time did Eva Bellemain or Steve Berry ever mention bear. Yet you keep bringing up this preposterous set of circumstances where a bear actually climbed to the summit of Gangkhar Puensum *and* that i... [More]
Comment icon #107 Posted by Saru 3 years ago
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