Time Traveler: The Story of Sergey Ponomarenko

On 23rd April 2006, the police in Kyiv arrested a man who claimed that the last thing he remembered was being the same date, but with from a different year. According to the man’s story, he was belonging to the year of 1958. As it turned out, this story was way more mysterious than it initially appeared. Watch the story of Sergey Ponomarenko below. 

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**Read the full transcript from the documentary below the video box. 

Sergey Ponomarenko: The Story of a Time Traveler

According to the scientific view, time travel is not possible.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I would like to first show you a video footage from my cabinet made in 2006.

Sergey Ponomarenko: The last thing I remember is being mid-day on 23rd April 1958.

A young man who looks like he’s no more than 30 years of age, claims to have ended up in our present times directly from the past.  This looks like something unbelievable, but there is plenty of evidence supporting such claim.  But how can we imagine that the man in the present-day video footage, is the man in the photo from 48 years ago, all while being at the same age as then?

Helena Mihnevich (nurse): Yes, this is him. They brought him in the same clothes as the ones he’s wearing in the photo.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): As far as I am concerned, this is just a coincidence. Can we imagine that the man we see on these photos from 48 years ago is the same man from the present-day video footage, all while being at the same age?

Vladimir Chernobov (ufologist): We all know what time is, until someone asks us what time actually is.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): We can keep on claiming just as before that time travel is impossible. But this photo testifies for the opposite.

There are several facts confirming the existence of this man. We have the video footage from 2006 and few monochrome pictures. The rest are indirect evidences, but they can prove sufficient for turning our view of time upside down.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I find this whole story to be particularly confusing. It can even cost me my career since he is my patient, and yet, I still can’t figure out who this man is.

A young man, looking like he is no more than 30 years old, was spotted at this crossway in Kyiv.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): Some people simply stand out from everybody else, and such was the case with this young man as well.  

He looked like a lost tourist, who appeared puzzled and worried at the sight of this nine-floor bloc.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): When he came into the police station and asked about the address, I think he mentioned something of “Peschanaya” street, but I didn’t know of such street. We then clarified that this is supposed to be a street in the Shulyavka region. We checked the map – there was no such street there. And the he said: “What’s the date today?” We told him that it is 23rd April 2006. His reply was: “But that’s impossible!”

According to policeman Sergey Onopenko, this man was looking very out of place in the modern city. His clothes were old-fashioned, but they didn’t look worn-out. He was carrying FED camera in his hands, which could only be found in antique shops nowadays. But what the policeman was feeling most perplexed about were the man’s documents.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): When he showed us his Komsomol ticket, we immediately realized that this man was out of himself. His Komsomol ticket was brand new. It had a photo of a man who was looking exactly as the man in front of us. I would say that this was a rather strange situation and we had to take this man to a psychiatrist.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): This man really has ended up in our times, albeit not in his wish. His shock was enormous – he didn’t know where he was at, what’s happening to him, or what to do. Who knows how all of that would have ended up, if he hadn’t been taken to the psychiatrist right away.

This footage was made in one of the private psychiatry clinics where the man was sent. Those who saw him this day claimed that he was gradually closing within himself, and that he was becoming more confused by the second.

Helena Mihnevich (nurse): I remember that he was dressed very strangely and he didn’t want to take off his coat for some reason. Generally, he was looking very concerned about something. When I took a phone call, he stared at me as if that was the first time he was looking at a mobile phone. It is when I knew he’s going to be a tough patient.

When he was taken to the clinic, the young patient didn’t want to part with any of his possessions. His camera, and even his coat – it all remained with him. It was only his Komsomol ticket that was applied to the protocol for the psychiatrist.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Please, have a sit.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I asked him to sit down when he entered. And he did so. But I have to say that he was not very confident – even cautious – about it. He then saw the clock hanging on the wall. The clock was showing 12:30 exactly.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): How do you feel? Is everything alright with you, young man? You are not speaking anything, and if we don’t find a common language, it will be very hard for me to help you.

Sergey Ponomarenko: I am not sure that I need your help.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Why do you think that?

Sergey Ponomarenko: What’s the date today?

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): It’s 23rd April 2006.

Sergey Ponomarenko: The last thing I remember is being mid-day on 23rd April 1958.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): This is one interesting claim to make. You mean to say that you have ended up in the future from your standpoint.  

Sergey Ponomarenko: I don’t know.  

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Generally speaking, this can be temporary disorientation or subjective time distortion. The appearance of such symptoms plays defensive function inside the organism. Some people – especially those who experienced serious trauma or stress – display such tendency for escaping reality and for going deeper into their memories. They feel way more comfortable there, but this case was slightly different.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Let’s get to know each other a little better after all, shall we?

Sergey Ponomarenko: My name is Sergey Ponomarenko. I was born in Kyiv on 17th June 1932.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I would say you are 25-26 years of age, but definitely not exceeding 30.

Sergey Ponomarenko: I’m 25. You can do the math yourself.  

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Fine then. And can you recall the moment after which you ended up in our time?

Sergey Ponomarenko: I was on my break and I decided to go for a walk. I took my camera with me, and when I was already outside, I saw some strange object in the sky. It looked like a massive bell, but it was something else and it was flying along some strange trajectory. It’s hard to explain what I saw. It would be better if you process the film from the camera, and this will make it clear perhaps.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): It seemed like psychotic breakdown associated with temporary disorientation, but in order to diagnose him more accurately, of course, we had to observe him for longer, that’s why I suggested to him that he remains in the clinic, so that we can observe him. And in that moment, I noticed the way he was staring at the clock on the wall.

Sergey Ponomarenko: The arrows on your clock have stopped. Can you tell me the time, please?

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Time was lagging behind. The clock on the wall was showing 12:30. My wrist watch was showing the same time, although we were already talking about for at least half an hour. I gave him a piece of paper and I asked him to write down everything about the last things he remembers. I took him to the assistant, and when I returned to my cabinet, I noticed that the clock on the wall was working again, but it was 32 minutes behind.

Of course, we can easily assume that the clock on the wall has simply stopped working. But it is harder to doubt the quality of the Swiss watch on the doctor’s wrist. Yet, it was 32 minutes behind as well.

Vladimir Bronewski (Physics PHD candidate): The concept of “time” is like Pandora’s box to modern physics. If we open and reveal it, who knows what might happen as a result.

After the first meeting with his new patient, the doctor established that all the clocks in his cabinet were lagging behind. And for some reason, the only time that was remaining invariable, was the time shown on the footage.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): We find it hard understanding that the problem is not the clock. We deal with phenomena that even science can’t explain. But know that – when electronic devices appear to be out of order, when the light signal is lost, when engines stop running all at once – that cannot be explained with some technical breakdown, and we can’t keep our eyes closed for the obvious. Most probably, time can be moving in the opposite direction as well.

As it’s known, time travel is practically impossible. According to what we know about the universe, time is irreversible and it goes in one direction only – from the past to the future, as the events happening in the future remain but a mystery for us. We can plan tomorrow, but we can’t plan yesterday. And exceptions are not allowed on the time axis. But what if somewhere there is a gate for going back after all?

Vladimir Chernobov (ufologist): Time is an environment in the way space is. Time has length, width, height, just as space does. Time is also multi-dimensional.

Vladimir Bronewski (Physics PHD candidate): In physics, there is no difference in which direction time is passing. Whether it is going forth or back, whether we put signify it with plus or minus, it is the same. But time seems to be asymmetrical phenomena based on our everyday experiences. We differentiate between past and future in the way we do between cause and effect. For this reason, the classic formulation of time seems like non-sense to us, although science finds it to be quite convenient.

Unlike most people, one of the modern theoretical physics’ founding figures – Albert Einstein – wasn’t so sure about time, and he assumed that time can slow down. According to his theory, if a spaceship has speed close to the speed of light, time might altogether stop on its board.

Vladimir Chernobov (ufologist): Enormous gravity can cause time to completely stop moving, as exemplified by the so-called Schwarzschild sphere. This is a sphere that limits the hypothetical black holes, but what is left beyond the Schwarzschild sphere? Beyond these boundaries – where if we are approaching a black hole, time would slow down further and further, and just at the border with the black hole it would completely stop. But what if we continue our imaginary way further? What will happen further? It will either stop forever, or it will start moving in the opposite direction?

Pavel Krutikov could just forget about this case, especially given that no one asked about his patient, neither has anybody remembered him. But the doctor started his own investigation in April 2006.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I remember my first impression, the behavior of my patient and everything about his story, even the details on his Komsomol ticket. All of that was looking quite truthful and of course, I wanted to find out more, and most importantly – to find out what he captured with his camera.

He first found a specialist, who could process old undeveloped film.

Vadim Poyzner (photographer): To be honest, I was really surprised. The old system with 36 still frames – this film was well obsolete; it was stopped from manufacturing in the 70’s, if not earlier.  

Without knowing anything about where the film came from, the photographer was really surprised and he wanted to know how – and mainly who – has managed to preserve the film for that long.

Vadim Poyzner (photographer): The film generally expires after 2-3 years and that’s it. The film’s emulsion is gelatin-based, and after this period the gelatin disintegrates and the film is being thrown away. But this one lasted for 40 years.

What was the film’s condition?

Vadim Poyzner (photographer): Judging by the photos – excellent. But yes, I was a bit confused by these negatives – they are not manufactured any longer. I had to dig up some information on them, but some interesting photos appeared.

When the doctor saw the photos, he could not help but wonder how his patient could have taken these photos. On the first photos, the doctor recognized landscapes of Kyiv from the 50’s. There was also a young man, who really looked like Sergey Ponomarenko. On the next photo –a lovely lady in her twenties. The doctor assumed that the girl on the photo is probably a friend of Ponomarenko. And the final photo of the film was the most stunning one. Just as Ponomarenko was telling, there was a flying object resembling a bell captured on it.

Vadim Poyzner (photographer): This is not a defect from the film and there were no problems with the developing process. There was really some object flying in the sky captured in the photo.

The researchers of abnormal phenomena are well familiar with flying objects of different shapes. Most of them resemble disks or spheres. The cases of objects having the shape of ellipses, cylinders or triangles are less frequent, and reports of UFO in the shape of bells are exceptional. Here you can see a photo made by Australian people in 1966. The Victorian society for study of flying saucers examined the image and it turned out that – first – the image is authentic, and second – that this is the first photo of bell-shaped UFO. But if the picture from Ponomarenko’s film is also authentic, our researchers are ready to argue the success of the Australian ufologists.  

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): I don’t have any doubts regarding the authenticity of the image. But we have a bigger fish to fry here. What if the person who ended up in the clinic really tells the truth and he really ended up here directly from the year of 1958?

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): The situation was nowhere near as simple. I had a patient claiming that he was coming from the past, and I – as a psychiatrist doctor, had to diagnose him and prescribe him medication. And all of the sudden I find evidences supporting his claims. There is really something resembling UFO captured in this picture.

Sergey Ponomarenko: Tell me, is there something wrong with me?

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Look, Sergey, I don’t think there is anything wrong with you, but there are some things that I need to understand, and I hope you will be able to help me for that.

Sergey Ponomarenko: I would like to go back home. In my own time, you know?

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): These are the developed photos from your camera. I am mostly interested in this photo right here. Please, have a look.

 Sergey Ponomarenko: Are you finally convinced that I am telling you the truth? I still don’t know what this object is and what happened to me. When I was taking the picture, what I saw through the lens was one entirely different world.

These were Sergey Ponomarenko’s last words to be recorded during his stay in the clinic. Later on, the CCTVs recorded him as he was exiting the cabinet with his camera returned to him by the doctor. He passed through the hallway and turned the corner for going back to his room.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): When he exited, I looked at the clocks – they were lagging behind with as much time as he remained in my cabinet. Not a single watchmaker could explain this phenomenon to me by far. And after some time, I came to learn that Sergey escaped from the guarded clinic, he escaped my department and from his enclosed space.

All that seems to be really, really strange. Sergey Ponomarenko disappears from a facility, where all the windows were shut. And there was constant surveillance on the only way out. Of course, we can theoretically assume that he managed to escape somehow, but how exactly? And why? Sergey Ponomarenko disappears on the third day from his stay in the private clinic.

Helena Mihnevich (nurse): Even if the windows were left open, there was no way that he could pass through the bars. There is only one entry and one exit here. And after he disappeared, what I found on his bed was the newspapers and the notes that the doctor asked him to be taking.

In his notes, Ponomarenko provided information about his address, he wrote that he was born in Kyiv in 1932, and that he was an apprentice in the metropolitan of Kyiv. Pavel Krutikov handed this data to the policeman, who initially dropped Ponomarenko in the clinic.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): If the notes left by him are completely truthful, then Sergey Ponomarenko, Sergey Valentinovich used to live on 8 Presechannaya street, flat 3; but we have to clarify that this is the old name of the street where we arrested him, if this is really who he says he is.

As it was identified by the policeman, the building in which Ponomarenko used to live, was demolished during the 80’s, and nine-floor bloc was erected in its place. This is the exact spot where Sergey was seen on 23rd April 2006. But as it turned out…there is more to this story.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): According to his official record, Sergey Ponomarenko went missing. But pay attention to the date saying on it. It is not the date when we found them, but it is 23rd April 1978. We found his record in the archive, and it had the following photo applied. If this is happening in present times, I would say that this is the same person but he’s older here. The man depicted here is 46 years old. In the record with this photo, it says that he left his home with his FED camera and he never returned.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): I would not be surprised if this is the FED camera that he ended up in our times with. In any case, this classification of him as missing point us to think that this is not just a mere coincidence, and that Sergey Ponomarenko was indeed able to travel in the time forward, and to then return back.

Ufologists are trying to prove the unbelievable and they advance the following sequence of events: In 1958, a young man ended up in the future – in the year of 2006 – in our times that is. Afterwards, he managed to return back and he lived in Kyiv for 20 more years – up until 1978. It remains a mystery what happened to him after that.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): I would like to compare our case with this photo made in Canada in 1942. In this crowd, you can see a man who is dressed untypically for the 40’s. His jacket, his t-shirt, his haircut – none of that corresponds with the trends of the time. When specialists examined the authenticity of the picture, they didn’t find anything that would prove it to be fake. They arrived at the conclusion that this was a guest from the future. It is possible that one another guest from future times appears on the advertisement for Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus”. The advertisement was shot in 1928. The woman that you can see on the screen hold something next to her year. She really looks like a person talking on a mobile phone. This can be just a coincidence, but what if there is someone who already figured out the time phenomenon?

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): If we claim that time travel is possible, then we must instantly admit the fact that a big portion of physics is wrong. For example, many textbooks from different periods tell us that the speed of light is a constant value, but this appears to be untrue. It is now proved that the speed of light can change, which means, that the passage of time can also do so. It is just something that we find it very hard imagining as of right now.

Vladimir Bronewski (Physics PHD candidate): One very interesting article by the American physicist Ronald Mallet was published in one scientific journal not too long ago. According to the article, we are not far away from the times when the main mechanism for a time machine will be a simple beam of light.

The idea that space and time can be bended through enclosed light rays is not new, however the American physicist Ronald Mallet took it one step further. During his experiments, he managed to slow the speed of light down to just few meters per second.

Vladimir Bronewski (Physics PHD candidate): This gives us great hope that in the near future of experimental physics – for now only in theory, we will manage to do time traveling possible and most importantly – without help from any invaders.

The following audio recording from 1958 tells us about one incredible prediction:

(Outtake from radio show, starring Sergey Ponomarenko)

The radio host: Hello to our listeners. Our guest today is the inventor and leader of the “School for young technicians”, Sergey Ponomarenko. He has to tell us the incredible story about the scientific achievements of the future. Hi Sergey.

Sergey Ponomarenko: Hi there. I would like to tell you about the wonderful future, waiting for us just around the corner. With the help of the inventions of our scientists just 40-50 years from now, the life of our people will drastically improve, and all the things that we consider to be science-fiction now, will be absolutely real then. We just have to wait 40 years and the artificial heart will be a fact.

The radio host: If this statement wasn’t backed with so much details, I would have called this man insane.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): If we were living in the year of 1958, we would consider such prediction to be pure phantasm. You would get even more surprised to find out who was the man behind such statement.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Have we presented him with the records we obtained from the police, we could expect that this data, this information, would have all came back to the surface of his mind. His consciousness might have awakened itself up, because when he was with us, he was completely disconnected from reality. He was falling into some memories that had nothing to do with the present – this could have been a hypnotic dream, an illusion. So yes, it is quite possible that the data from the police could have helped, but he is not with us anymore. We have to search for him.

After Sergey Ponomarenko’s disappearance, doctor Krutikov embarked on finding someone who might had known his patient. The same police record helped him on his journey to finding someone who knew Ponomarenko. There he could find details about the woman who reported his disappearance.

Sergey Onopenko (policeman): He was sent to live elsewhere before his old house was demolished, but nevertheless, we managed to find who this woman is. Curiously enough, when we asked her if she remembers Sergey Ponomarenko who disappeared without a trace back in 1978, she gave us the following answer: “He isn’t dead. He is alive and he should be coming back.”

As it occurred to Pavel Krutikov, Valentina Kulich was the same woman from the photos made by Sergey Ponomarenko. But he did not want to rush things. The doctor decided to simply have a chat with her initially. According to Valentina Petrovna, she and Sergey were good friends, but after his disappearance in 1978, he was pronounced dead and they gave his flat to other people, who threw away all of his possessions. She managed to save only a single photo.

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: This was long time ago. I have only this photo of Seryoja left. It was made in 1958.

Let’s compare the two photos. Valentina’s photo was also done in 1958. Supposedly, there are two photos from that year on which Valentina is with Sergey. It is hard imagining the version that the people in these photos are different.  

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): I had this developed photo of a young girl. When I met Valentina Kulich, I knew it was she who was in the photo. I showed her the photo and she busted into tears, and of course, she asked where I had this photo from. I then had to lie to her that I found all the documents and photons in the police archive. I just could not say to this elderly lady that all of the sudden I met this man, who was saying he was Sergey Ponomarenko.

Valentina Kulich could not believe that this photo somehow someway survived. She remembered some important details while browsing through the photos.

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: I am around 16 here.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): And you still believe that Sergey is alive?

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: Seryoja was a strange bird. He was talking about stuff, that you would hardly even think about during those times. And he used to think that he could see in the future. He really changed all of the sudden. He began writing newspaper articles, participating in radio shows, and he was telling all those incredible stories!

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Regardless of all these coincidences, I was still doubtful that the Sergey Ponomarenko whom Valentine Kulich was speaking of, was the same person as my patient. But I figured that the investigations should continue, and so, I contacted the national archives. Surprisingly, I got a green light from them.

This old film was in the archives for almost 50 years and it aged relatively well for that time. The things that the protagonist is talking about, seem to be a really accurate description to the technologies of the future.

(Outtake from radio show starring Sergey Ponomarenko in 1960)

Sergey Ponomarenko: Trust me on this, preparing food will be as easy as ever. For example, you will be able to roast potatoes using a facility looking like a portable box. You will just have to connect it into the network and then put the timer on.

The radio host: I’m sorry…what is it that we have to put on?

 Sergey Ponomarenko: Oh, my bad. You will have to put on the timer. It is a device similar to clocks, which turns off the cooking facility in the right moment. Your lunch will be ready in just two minutes.

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: When I first saw a microwave oven, I recalled what Seryoja was saying. He knew about it long time ago, but looking back now, I can’t figure how he knew all of that.

How a simple electrical technician from the metropolitan of Kyiv could have known about the microwave oven? The possible answer to this question was identified by none other than Pavel Krutikov. Pay attention to this video footage. During his three days spent in the clinic, Sergey Ponomarenko managed to pay attention to the microwave oven used by the workers in the facility.

Helena Mihnevich (nurse): I remember that he was asking a lot of questions about the microwave, about the mobile phone. There was a pile of magazines on the table, which he read more than once.

(Outtake from radio show starring Sergey Ponomarenko in 1960)

The radio host: You mentioned this artificial heart apparatus. What did you mean by this?

Sergey Ponomarenko: There is nothing so strange about that. Think of the heart as an organ, who is pretty much a vessel for pumping out blood. If the heart is no good anymore, it can be replaced with a new – albeit an artificial one – that will function as an embedded accumulator. It will function just as a normal heart would. It is all really simple. In just 40 years time, science will enable us to mass produce such devices.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): Notice that in his interview Sergey Ponomarenko uses terms from our times. Back in 1968, even the medical specialists had not heard of artificial heart apparatus, whereas the first transplantation of donor heart in the Soviet Union does not take place until 1980. Ponomarenko could only knew about it by listening to the doctors in the clinic, or from the magazines that were left in the waiting room.

You can see in this footage that Sergey Ponomarenko holds a newspaper in his hands. It was left in his room after his disappearance. As it already became clear, in this newspaper, the technology about the mass production and the functioning mechanism of the artificial hearts, was described in detail.

(Outtake from radio show starring Sergey Ponomarenko in 1960)

The radio host: I’m sorry, when you were describing the technology of the future, for example the wireless phone with music ringing and attached notebook. How did you come up with these ideas?

Sergey Ponomarenko: It is something completely real – it will be not just phone without conducting wires, but it will also be apparatus determining the blood group and the individual temperature. The future has all sorts of scientific achievements for us in store.

The radio host: Thank you about this story of the fantastic future that is expecting us. Our guest was the inventor and leader of the school for “Young technicians” Sergey Ponomarenko. Thank you!

Sergey Ponomarenko: Thank you.

In the words of Valentina Kulich, after his appearance on the radio, Sergey began preparing himself to enroll into the Polytechnical institute, but he soon gave up on this intention. He was gradually isolating within himself, because he could not understand why the clocks were stopping whenever he went.

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: This and all the rumors that came after, were really affecting Seryoja. This led him into isolation.

Sergey Ponomarenko: The arrows of your clock have just stopped working.

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): It is not the clock, it’s the man. Perhaps it was all due to his presence.

Sergey Ponomarenko: I’m all fine. You better tell me what time it is.

Vladimir Bronewski (Physics PHD candidate): Unfortunately, all we are left with are speculations regarding the phenomenon of the stilled time. Although that in Einstein’s relativity, there is a scenario in which the time, locked inside a plain, can alter its direction under the influence of forces exerted by gravitation of a bigger object. But time completely stopping its movement…this is something that would be very hard to explain from the standpoint of experimental physics, and something utterly impossible to comprehend.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): This story could have been long forgotten, but two years ago I got a call from Valentina Kulich claiming that she received a letter from that same person claiming himself to be Sergey Ponomarenko.

Valentina Kulich was away from home for some time. When she came back, she found an envelope in her post box that didn’t have either a stamp or return address.

Valentina Kulich, Ponomarenko’s friend: I had heart problems and the doctors told me I would be better off remaining in the hospital. When I got cleared, I opened the post box and I found this letter. And inside the letter I found a picture of Seryoja. Look at him. He barely changed.

Valentina Kulich thinks that in this photo Sergey Ponomarenko is 46 years old. He was the same age when he disappeared in 1978. Most probably, the photo was taken in Kyiv and one can recognize the coast of the Dnieper river. But is that even possible?

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): The city captured here is Kyiv, but the photo leaves the impression as if it was taken in the future. You can see a present-day photo of Ukraine’s capital form the same spot where Ponomarenko had his picture taken. By comparing the two images, it is very hard to confuse Kyiv with any other city.

Pavel Krutikov (psychiatrist): Yes, I’ve seen this picture. It is a very strange picture. I don’t think I can explain or remark on it.

From the standpoint of the normal way things are, it is impossible relocating into another time. But Valentina Kulich is certain that Ponomarenko left a message for her at the back of the photo, which he wrote by hand: “I’m doing well. I will be back soon!”

Pavel Gross (ufologist, associate in “UFO” research center): We can keep on claiming just as before that time travel is impossible. But this photo testifies for the opposite.

Note: Some of the participants’ names have been changed due to confidentiality reasons.

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