Photo of Russian Bigfoot?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on February 19th, 2007

Bigfooter Ray Crowe of the International Bigfoot Society shares with Cryptomundo a photo he received from Russian cryptozoologist Valentin Sapunov.

Following is the message that was sent to Ray along with the photo:

Dear Ray!

Best regards.

My student from the North Urals got me a photo of Bigfoot. Reserve Jugyd-Va, nearest big city – Inta. Photo was made by electronic camera at the end of September 2006. Author anonymous, a hunter having no interest in BF (Bigfoot), made a landscape photo. He got strange figure. Legends and tales on BF (Bigfoot) in this region exist. Me and my student in – Inna Leontyeva – are sure, that nobody has much interest except to joke and falsification, nobody got glory or money by this photo. As for me, figure is more close to Homo erectus or Australopitecus.

What about your opinion?Valentin Sapunov
St. Petersburg, Russia

Below is the uncropped image. Click on image for full size version.

Russian Bigfoot Photo

Below is the cropped image showing the “Bigfoot.” This image has been enhanced using only color and contrast correction.

Russian Bigfoot Photo

What do the readers of Cryptomundo think? Is this a photo of a Russian Bigfoot or Almas?

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

65 Responses to “Photo of Russian Bigfoot?”

  1. DWA responds:

    I know it helps relieve slow news days at Cryptomundo. But there are other ways too (and few days seem slow)!

    At least from the photographer’s point of view, the more I see these the more I think one thing:

    Keeping a shot for personal consumption and shock and awe is fine.

    But if it doesn’t clearly show what you say it does, DON’T PUBLICIZE IT.

    Of course folks will continue to anyway.

    I can’t help but notice how almost none of these (remember Seal Creature of the Mangroves from not far back?) ever show up again.

    (if you don’t remember Seal Creature….see what I mean…?)

  2. GLS responds:


    Since this photo was taken by a ‘hunter’ obviously during a ‘hunting season’, my guesstimate is that the supposed Bigfoot is another ‘hunter’ garbed in a Ghillie suit to mimic the local landscape and thusly hide the hunter from his prey. At that distance another hunter garbed as such would look almost exactly like what we see in the enlarged image, for proof, go to most any Sporting Goods store and have the boss put on a Ghillie suit and stand 100 yards away amidst some trees and you have the same image, m/l.

    Of course we might be missing the obvious here, it is not a Bigfoot we are looking at but a Russian Nessie -type lake monster that has just gone under! Take a close look at the wave pattern in the lower left foreground and it will undoubtedly give you the image you seek.

    Best regards and have fun with this one.

  3. mccinny responds:

    Any photo that you have to strain your eyes to make anything remotely relative is worthless. The person that sent this photo obviously wants to draw something to our attention here. If it isn’t obvious, then it’s irrelevant. I’ve seen many photos in the past like this. One that comes to mind was a bigfoot researcher that claimed their photo showed at least 15 bigfoot/feet in the photo. After straining my eyes for 10 minutes I think I made out Elvis, Ghandi, and the Stay-Puft Marshmellow man as well!

  4. Gord responds:

    What’s supposed to be an arm looks to me like a long twisted tree branch that extends to the ground.

  5. things-in-the-woods responds:

    The more i look at this, the more dodgy it seems- i’m quite happy to be convinced that this is a manipulated photo. From the about the mid-thigh down the legs just don’t work for me.

    Chimp photoshopped in at the wrong scale and badly messed up where its legs meet the foreground.

  6. jchip responds:

    It looks like a stump to me, especially since it looks like there might be a log laying on the ground directly in front of it.

  7. springheeledjack responds:

    The biggest problem I have, in addition to what everyone else is homing in on, is that there is only one photo. At that range, it would have been in view for quite a while, and the photodog should have been able to fire off a half dozen or a whole roll of film and get it moving if indeed it was a real critter.

  8. mystery_man responds:

    Springheeledjack, I think the problem is that this was apparently someone just doing landscape photos. The photographer didn’t realize what was on film until he had the photos developed. That could explain why more photos were not taken.

  9. DWA responds:

    mystery_man: I’ve had that landscape-photo thing happen.

    I’d just shot my last frames of film in the Wind River Range, a few scenics. I’d put the camera away; didn’t want it clanking uselessly against my shoulder on the remaining five miles out. Then I saw a movement. It turned out to be a big bull moose, splashing his way right up the creek across the broad meadow from me. I watched him for some time, wishing I’d had the telephoto and a few more shots.

    Wasn’t until I projected the slides that I saw him, down in the lower left corner of my last couple of shots.

    But noticed how I have at least a bit of a story? How come there isn’t such a one here?

  10. mystery_man responds:

    Well, DWA, that is a curious omission, I’ll give you that. You’d think he might have seen some kind of movement or something.

  11. calash responds:

    Anything new on the photo?

  12. Bob Michaels responds:

    Could be a Relic communist Cryptid.

  13. cryptohunter responds:

    Looks almost like a gray alien to me with the size of the head and arm length.

  14. emerson responds:

    Yep, it looks like a chimp walking upright.

  15. Alex responds:

    I feel that most of the comments come from Americans on this specific article and photo. And it shows poor understanding for the wast and dense forests we have in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.

    Russia is actually the largest country in the world. Almost DOUBLE the size of USA, and that is including Alaska.

    At the same time Moskva has more people than New York (USA`s biggest city).

    And, USA has more than double the population of Russia, about 2.2x actually. Consider also that Russia has population more concentrated in the cities, leaving huge parts of the dense forests uninhabited with a teeming wildlife.

    A rough calculation shows the population per area to be: 8,3 persons per square kilometers in Russia, while there is 31.57 in USA.

    Imagine most of Americas` dry and desert landscape as forest and you have rough outline of Russia, Sibir mountain ranges can be further discussed.

    In Russia Squatches can go unnoticed there with less of an effort.

    Russia, bordering to Finland, Poland, Sweden and Norway (all with great forest and wildlife)would be the PERFECT squatch habitat.

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