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Bassett Moscow Interview Airs in Russia
 
In May of 2017 PRG executive director Stephen Bassett gave an extensive interview in Moscow to Ren TVone 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 witnesses and researchers, including Donna Hare and John Greenewald.
 
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.
 
Only a minute of the 60+ minute interview was utilized, which did not include the somewhat controversial and political parts. Couple clarifications: the quotes from the program video are a bit rough as they are English translations of the Russian translations of the English interview. Also, PRG does not assert as fact that extraterrestrials have been working with the U.S. or any government. Rather it asserts that elements within the U.S. and other governments are aware of the ET presence. 

Program: # 335, date September 26, 2017
MOST SHOCKING HYPOTHESES (UFO) [relevant excerpts]
Host: Igor Prokopenko's

SB - Bassett, IP - Prokopenko

1:38 Starts with SB stating that "they can park their UFOs in the U.S. capital...". Then the background voice mentions that American activist SB dedicates his life to uncover U.S. conspiracy around UFOs.

3:14 - IP states: "Researchers assert that they know the reasons why the U.S. authorities conceal information about UFOs. If evidence about UFOs is disclosed, the entire world economy will crash".

3:16 - SB is introduced. "Bassett was able to surround himself with important people who have what to tell about UFOs. Bassett shared results of his investigation with us in the exclusive interview. Bassett's main point: America already possesses ET technologies. Further concealment of this information will doom the world. Most important that the scientist and his comrades-in-arms want to convey is that the U.S. already possesses ET technologies, and further concealment of this truth will doom the world."

"The technologies are concealed. They are not accessible to masses and human civilization because they fall under the truth embargo. And the U.S. government knows, and I think others do too, because if they suddenly disclose them, everyone will understand that these are ET technologies. That would mean "they" are here already".

SB also organized a large civil hearing about information disclosure. At that time, in Washington six former U.S. congresspersons gathered along with 42 UFO researchers and witnesses. Among them were politicians, military and scientists. All of them stated that they were presented incredible amount of genuine evidence of existence of ET civilizations.

Then IP continues: "Risking their careers and reputation, all those people dared to state: aliens not only exist, but are ready for the dialogue with someone else besides American authorities, Allegedly, for this they periodically generate illumination in the sky, with the assistance of their craft (ships, he said), In the opinion of researchers this is a soft but persistent call to humans for contact."

SB - "They can easily park their craft in the capital of some large country, even tomorrow. But that would be destructive. Looks like they are prodding us by various means so that we would tell ourselves this truth. Prodding heads of states so that they would tell their people the truth. So that there would be a possibility of the comfortable acceptance of this information. People's worries would be dissipated by their leaders. They would have sufficient time to study this information and realization, using all available technologies".

IP - Bassett and his colleagues believe that the official contact with ET civilization will be peaceful and constructive. Supposedly, greatly developed aliens are interested to help us stop wars over natural resources and save our planet. The U.S. government, on the contrary, is not interested in this.

IP - "If we assume that this is so, where does the U.S. obtain ET technologies from?"

11:58 IP "Where does the U.S. get flying saucers from?"

SB - "When the U.S. received these machines, not terrestrial, not human (made) machines, they (U.S.) began to study them (machines) from the very first day".

14:45 - SB repeats the statement "When the U.S. received these machines, not terrestrial, not human (made) machines, they (U.S.) began to study them (machines) from the very first day", and continues "...and now there is even more evidence that they were able to build their own modernized versions of anti-gravitational machines".

15:30 - SB "These craft that appeared en mass in 1947, which are usually talked about as "saucers". Flying saucers, the most popular name for them. They do not use oil, gasoline, or gas, or coal. They have another system of energy. Without a doubt, much more complicated and deeper system, anti-gravitational. They do not fly like aircraft (airplanes, they can null the gravitation".

21:43 - SB - " Some programs were removed from the jurisdiction of the White House and Congress, and are being worked on somewhere, very, very deep, in a "black manner". Only the people engaged in it know about this. This is a direct violation of the Constitution.

46:00 SB - " I can assure you that when a head of state will finally admit this fact formally, and will present the evidence, people will be worried, they will want to learn more. They will be in front of their TVs. But at the same time, religion will continue its existence. And the economy, even if it stops its development, it will have new opportunities opened up. Everything will be OK with it. People and countries will exist. Everyone will have the same problems that everyone had the day before the disclosure.

46:48 IP - "...according to Bassett and his group, 50% of the population believes ETs exist. What remains is to understand where they are, and how to contact them".

[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.]
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