According to news reports that circulated in late 1996, residents of Benyok, 250 miles northwest of Moscow, had reported a Lake Monster for almost 150 years. It was, they claimed, a huge aquatic beast, Brosnie, which lived at the bottom of Lake Brosno and occasionally rose to the surface.
In one incident in 1996, a family of tourists camping near the lake took a photograph after the seven-year-old son shouted that he had seen a dragon monster. Caravan-I, a newspaper in Tver, the nearest large community, published the picture-a panoramic view of the lake with an indistinct object floating in the foreground- and the story flourished in the Russian media. “It was big like this, ” said a resident, identified as Tanya, as she sketched a snakelike head rising from the water with a large eye on its side. Curiosity-seekers flocked to the lake in hopes of catching a glimpse of the serpentine creature, estimated to be thirteen to sixteen feet long.
Local people say that written reports attest to Lake Monster sightings at Brosno dating back to 1854. Oral traditions suggest a monster in the lake even earlier than that. Russian zoologists, however, asserted that the photograph showed nothing more than a log. Brosnie, they stated, is a mere “fairy tale.”
The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters,Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
Written by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark – Copyright 1999 Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark