In May of 2017 PRG executive director Stephen Bassett gave an extensive interview in Moscow to Ren TV, one of the most watched networks in Russia with 500 stations and a viewer base of 120 million. The interview was conducted by journalist Natalia Pryguina and produced by Nikolay Subbotin.
Excerpts from that interview dubbed in Russian have now been aired on the program Most Shocking Hypotheses (самые шокирующие) hosted by Igor Prokopenko. The program presents high production value content on a range of alternative and exotic issues. Not surprisingly, extraterrestrial phenomena and their history are the most popular segments, and Mr. Prokopenko is a celebrity in Russia.
The program also includes excerpts from the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure as well as interviews with other researchers and witnesses, including John Greenewald and Donna Hare.
PRG would welcome summaries of this program from any of its Russian speaking supporters and will try to create an English captioned version, if possible.
In the full interview held at Ren TV’s studio Bassett covered a broad range of topics including various considerations that might prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the first formal acknowledgment by a head of state regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. PRG believes this to be the first time anyone has made this argument on Russian media inside or outside Russia. It is not known if more of the interview will appear in future episodes of this program or on other programs. Further developments will be posted in future updates.
While in Moscow Bassett took meetings with a number of groups addressing the extraterrestrial phenomena issues in Russia. These groups included a number of former Soviet and Russian military and agency officials. There has always been a considerable, open engagement of extraterrestrial related phenomena within Russia and the Soviet Union by the public and the government.
[Note: PRG’s work and Bassett were also included in an earlier Most Shocking Hypotheses program on August 29 that did not draw upon the Moscow interview.]