Russian Man Claims To Have Lived on Mars

Category: Human Interest


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. wipe out / ˈwaɪpˌaʊ / (phrasal) – to destroy completely

    The flood wiped out our entire village.

  2. stick to / stɪk tu / (phrasal) – to continue doing or using something

    Despite the criticism, the man stuck to his previous statement.

  3. puzzle / ˈpʌzəl / (v) – to cause confusion

    His mysterious illness has puzzled the medical community for years.

  4. take (one’s) word for it / teɪk wɜrd fɔr ɪt / (idiom) – to believe what a person says without seeking evidence

    I took my father’s word for it when he said that he was popular among girls back then.

  5. intolerant / ɪnˈtɒl ər ənt / (adj) – incapable of accepting or adjusting to something

    I am intolerant of laziness because I work hard every day.


Read the text below.

Twenty-year-old Russian man Boris Kipriyanovich [kahy-pri-ya-no-vich], or Boriska, claims that he has lived on Mars.

As a young boy, Boriska started telling stories about his supposed previous life on Mars. He said that he was a pilot on the war-torn planet before a nuclear catastrophe almost wiped out the entire Martian civilization. He added that he previously flew to Earth, particularly to ancient Egypt, because his “people” had a strong link to the Egyptians.

Boriska further claimed that unlocking the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt’s iconic statue, will change life on Earth.

He continues to stick to this story, puzzling experts with his revelations.

According to Boriska, Martians are 7-foot-tall immortal beings who stop aging at 35 and currently live in underground dwellings built by the survivors of the alleged catastrophe.

Boriska’s mother, who is a doctor, takes his word for it. She shared that she knew her son was unique because of his advanced abilities such as holding his head up two weeks after birth, speaking, reading, and writing at one-and-a-half years old. He also had an extensive knowledge of outer space and alien civilizations as a young child even without formal education.

In 2008, he was featured in a documentary entitled Boriska: Indigo Boy from Mars where he mentioned that he was reborn on Earth to prevent the same catastrophe from happening.

Some people have labeled Boriska and others like him as Indigo children.

Indigo children are believed to possess special talents like psychic abilities and exceptional intelligence. Although they are described as wise beyond their years, Indigo children are perceived to be self-entitled, intolerant of authority, and bad at social interaction.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Would you take Boriska’s word for it that he lived on Mars? Why or why not?
• What other pieces of evidence should Boriska present to convince people about his claims? Explain.

Discussion B

• What special skill, ability, or talent would you like to have? Give details.
• How can you put it to good use (i.e. use it to help yourself and others)?