Do the Russians really fund this guy?

I was flicking through the most recent issue of Nexus Magazine in WH Smith the other day and stumbled across this article, which is not available free online, but the title should tell you something.

Basically the author, one Dr Valery Uvarov, of the Department of UFO Research, Palaeosciences and Palaeotechnology of the National Security Academy of Russia in St. Petersburg.

He seems to be a devoted UFO believer and suggests that there exists a counter earth on the far side of the sun. This was seeded with life or the planet of origin of life or something (I lost interest at that point).

Three questions spring to mind:

  1. Is this guy for real? I have seen information that suggests that his department may not really exist.

  2. Do the Russians really fund this guy?

  3. Surely even if we cannot see a “counter earth” on the far side of the sun we could infer its existence by the gravitational pull it exerts on the other planets. By virtue of the fact that, as far as I know, there are no unexplained wobbles in the orbits of the solar planets surely its existence can be quickly disproved?

Just for the record, I am not a believer in this guy and I don’'t believe the ETH explanation for UFOs.

Has anyone had the patience to read the full article? If so, what do you think?

Anyone else with an opinion, please chip in.

As far as I remember, paranormal science was a really big deal during the cold war and both sides heavily funded stuff like this. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.