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Russian Snowman Revisited

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 20th, 2007

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Russian Snowman

Early in August 2007, the above 1990 Nikolaj Avdeev “Russian Snowman” photograph was making the rounds. It seemed only right to take another look, with some analytic distance.

What can be learned by comparing it with this 21st Century Bigfoot toy?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

19 Responses to “Russian Snowman Revisited”

  1. silvereagle responds:

    No muscle definition
    No dark skin
    No breasts yet no family jewels either=contradiction
    Right shoulder appears to have hair that was trimmed to the same length, with scissors.
    Hands not visible, which would make it too easy to prove as a hoaxe.
    Russia still has the general uninformed mentality about both how and how often people attempt to make believable hoaxes, for the big bucks.
    Russia, the home of strip news casters, dating services where each female competes to how many clothes they can remove for their dating service photo, and apparently an approved night clubbing accessory being a 6-D cell flashlight (if you remember the old Russian clothes apparel TV commercial).
    Nuff said.

  2. MissSongwriter responds:


  3. shumway10973 responds:

    hey, at least it isn’t someone in an average gorilla suite dancing around the john deere tractor again. It very well could be a fake, although the only thing that kinda does it for me is that most pictures (drawings) I’ve seen for the Almas they are exponentially wider at the shoulders, due to muscles. I wouldn’t be surprised if that thing wasn’t a manican or something to that affect.

  4. crypto-hunter465 responds:

    Mannequin. Notice how the arms how they have that perfect bend in them, and how calm it looks? If the photographer got that close, the “sasquatch” wouldn’t look so calm.

    Fake for me.

  5. sausage1 responds:

    Yeah, if was really a Russian cryptid you would expect it to be on or near a tractor.

    Five year plan, anybody?

  6. Richard888 responds:

    I disagree with the “no muscle definition” comments. If this is a monkey suit, unlike North American monkey suits, it has been made tight fitting. That is why I would have found it convincing had it not been for the bad seam job that’s been done around the shoulders. The face through the mask doesn’t seem Caucasian (or human for that matter) either.

  7. dogu4 responds:

    Are we to gather that if the creature in the picture looked less like a toy that is designed to look realistic, then it would be more likely to real?

    I think the similarities are interesting, but why aren’t they a lot more similar?

    I just don’t see anything independent of my personal thoughts about what BF might look like (having not seen it personally) to think that it couldn’t look like this alleged photo.

    I’m still wondering if the original was ever made available for analysis.

  8. bill green responds:

    hey loren very informative new update article about the russian snowman. thanks bill green

  9. Ceroill responds:

    Cute. I wonder what effect the Chernobyl incident had on any unrecognized primates of that region (assuming for the moment that they exist).

  10. txbf responds:

    The toy looks more realistic than the picture.

  11. harleyb responds:

    It looks almost convincing, but I’m not sure if it’s a hoax or for real. His hair looks too clean.

  12. Lyndon responds:


    The southern Urals are about as far away from Chernobyl as Holland and Begium is.

  13. DARHOP responds:

    I have that same action figure at home. As far as the photo.


  14. Ceroill responds:

    Lyndon, I thought I qualified my musing well enough, but apparently not. Let me add emphasis, I said I wondered what effect it might have had on any unrecognized primates of THAT region, that is the region where Chernobyl is. Essentially I was speculating about the possibility of crypto homonoids in Ukraine.

  15. dogu4 responds:

    Re: Chernobyl and Chelyabinsk…the distance to Belgium or Holland is almost irrelevant. The direction of the jet stream and other winds and their velocity is waht is relevant.
    I’m not sure if radioactivity from Chernobyl reached Chelyabinsk, though it is in the right direction in regards to prevailing wind directions…though Chelybinsk hardly needed a rain of radionucleides to make it an environmental site of special concern. The stewards of that land, much to their deserved shame, for a long time used and abuse Chelyabinsk and its mineral-rich empty-spaces as the site of any number of ecological assaults over the years. If I remember correctly, the old central government of the USSR at first thought of not even reporting the disaster since they presumed the fallout would stay within the borders of the USSR…but the wind carried the fallout in an unexpected direction…north east and it’s presence in Finland and its northern neighbors prompted an admission, belatedly, which in turn added to the momentum for change being demanded by citizens.

  16. Lyndon responds:


    Hairy hominds in the Chernobyl region? As far as I am aware, there isn’t a history of reports from that far west in the former Soviet Union/Ukraine. The nearest areas with a history of hairy homind reports to Chernobyl would be the Caucasus or the area north east of Moscow. That’s why I did not think you were talking about the Chernobyl area.

    Sorry for the mix up.

  17. Ceroill responds:

    Lyndon, that’s ok. As I say I was just speculating.

  18. gkingdano responds:

    It MUST be real if it is on the web, right!

  19. zzoaozz responds:

    You all do know that this is not the actual picture from the Russian photographer. Apparently someone attached a deliberate fake to a genuine sighting report? The real photo is here.

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