ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) WIRE SERVICE ARTICLE ON NINEL KULAGINA - MONDAY MARCH 18 1968
On Monday, March 18, 1968, numerous newspapers outside of Russia that were members of the American news wire service The Associated Press published a report by its Moscow Bureau. The report described a newspaper article that had appeared in the previous day's "Moscow Pravda" newspaper in the Soviet Union. The "Pravda" article discussed films taken of a woman named Nelya Mikhailova — the maiden name of Ninel Kulagina — performing alleged acts of observable telekinesis. The AP international wire story was the first time the mainstream news media and wider public outside of Russia learned of her existence.
A SAMPLING OF NEWSPAPERS IN THE UNITED STATES THAT PUBLISHED THE STORY:
(Note: individual newspapers provided their own title to the article. Some papers published an abbreviated version of the AP wire report. Full article text at bottom.)
• "Abilene Reporter-News," Abilene, Texas on March 18, 1968, page 8. "Russian Woman Mental Beckoner"
• "Arizona Republic," Phoenix, Arizona, April 1, 1968, page 36. "Uncanny - She Stares at Object, It 'Obeys' Her" (This newspaper decided to withhold the story until April Fools Day.)
• "Florence Morning News," Florence, South Carolina, March 18, 1968, page 2. "Soviet Woman Persuasive To Objects" (Has full article.)
• "The Hartford Courant," March 18, 1968, page 36.
"The Indianapolis Star," Indianapolis, Indiana, March 18, 1968, page 1. "Dig That Stare, Ivan? It's a 'Moving Site!'
• "The Orlando Sentinel," Orlando, Florida, March 18, 1968, page 3."Woman Has Creepy Thoughts, Puzzled Soviet Scientists Say" (Has full article.)
• "The Palm Beach Post," West Palm Beach, Florida, March 18, 1968, page 3. "She Makes Things Move By Thinking" (Has full article.)
• "San Antonio Express," San Antonio, Texas, March 18, 1968, page 9. "Russian Woman Puzzles Science" (Abbreviated version.)
• "Syracuse Post Standard," Syracuse, New York, March 18, 1968, page 1. "Soviets Say She Beckons With Mind" (Abbreviated version.)
• "The Waco News-Tribune," Waco, Texas on March 18, 1968, page 5. "Nelya Has Russians Wondering"
FULL TEXT OF AP WIRE REPORT:
(As it appeared in the daily newspaper "Florence Morning News," Florence, South Carolina, USA, Monday, March 18, 1968, page 2.)
Soviet Woman Persuasive To Objects.
MOSCOW (AP) — When Nelya Mikhailova wants something she just stares at it and it starts creeping toward her, a Soviet newspaper claimed Sunday.
Nelya has astounded scientists in Moscow with her alleged ability to make such things as match sticks or wine glasses move without touching them, the paper said.
Moskovskaya Pravda — Moscow Pravda — published by the city's Communist party organization, gave this account:
Nelya, married and in her 40s, claims she uses mind over matter to make a one-pound water pitcher slide across a table, or to stop and then restart a pendulum swinging.
In one experiment she concentrated on a compass. First the needle spun wildly, then the whole compass and its wrist strap revolved on the table.
In another experiment, under scientific supervision, she apparently caused a small aluminum tube to shift positions under a glass cover.
Another time matches and an apple jumped off a table at her "command." Is it "fokus pokus" — Russian for hocus pocus? Nyet, said writer Lev Kolodny.
He said he watched Nelya in action and could find no hidden threads, magnets or other gimmicks.
He quoted Soviet scientists as saying they don't know how Nelya does it, but they're sure there's some logical explanation.
"It's nothing supernatural," said Y. Sitkovsky. "When a person thinks, he radiates energy. The character of physical-chemical reactions is stronger in some people."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT NINEL KULAGINA:"The Ninel Kulagina Telekinesis Case: Rebuttals to Skeptical Arguments"
by James A. Conrad
January 5, 2016 (with updates)
The above web page is also available in the Internet Archive.==============