Call of the Cryptid: The Brosno dragon of western Russia!


Call of the Cryptid examines the mysterious legend of the Brosno dragon. Will Brosnya (or “Brosnie”) ever come out and play in our digital age?

Like a lot of cryptids, the “Brosno dragon” at first appears to have a wealth of information. However, it ends up looking like a mirage, as source after source says basically the same thing, only changing words to avoid plagiarism allegations. Still, one must work with what one has.

In this case, one basically has a Russian version of Loch Ness. However, while Nessie seems to convey a mostly peaceful image, Brosnie (or Brosnya) has a bit of a mean streak. This is no peaceful serpent — it’s a dang dragon!

Like many good cryptid stories, the Brosno dragon has some ancient roots. Brosnya is said to date back to the 13th century, which ought to help us relate to it seriously. It’s said that Batu Khan, the grandson of the legendary Genghis Khan, had stopped near Lake Brosno so their horses could drink. However, the tranquility was interrupted by the roaring mania of Brosnya, who devoured his soldiers and their animals!

Admittedly, this story is poorly sourced almost no matter where one looks, and it obviously needs to be examined critically. At the very least, it is true that Batu Khan had interests in Novgorod, but non-cryptid sources tend not to mention a 16-foot, iridescent Russian dragon with a giant mouth!  Also, people in those days tended to believe more in things like dragons, vampires, werewolves and who knows what else!


Frankly, things are looking bad in terms of verifying this cryptid. For example, one source reads: “It is said that during World War II the beast swallowed up a German airplane.” Okay, but who is saying that? Who witnessed this? When and where exactly did it happen?

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There are many claims about what skeptics say the “Brosno dragon” might be. The theories are as disparate as a mutant beavers, gases in the water, or even an underwater volcano.  Oddly enough, those are hardly more plausible than the dragon itself!

One of the best sources, Crytopia, mentions a “globster” that could theoretically be the Brosno dragon ( “Globsters” are unidentified organic masses which wash ashore on bodies of water). Cryptopia also mentions names, such as Vadim Chernobrov. However, it should be noted that Chernobrov was involved with Kosmopoisk, which deals in UFOs and cryptids.

In other words, he was likely a “true believer” in such stuff. If we really want to verify a cryptid, there’s no better way than to highlight a converted skeptic.

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Of course, belief in a cryptid doesn’t instantly mean it couldn’t exist. In fact, Call of the Cryptid has noted some cryptids that are semi-plausible, as well as one (the Beast of Bodmin Moor) that is most certainly real!

However, much like Nessie, Bessie and Pressie, seeing would be believing with Brosnie!  On that note, if you plan on vacationing in Lake Brosno, go ahead and try to take a selfie with Brosnie…then again, maybe we should take that back, lest you potentially face its mythic wrath.

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For the most part we should probably leave the searching to the experts.  Supposedly, one such person has stated the following:

"“[All] legends about the mysterious monster trace the roots back to the old times. I am sure that legends and rumors cannot arise from nothing.”"

Maybe so, but it would be cool if Brosnya could arise from its nothing and finally become something people could unequivocally verify.

That’s it for this edition of Call of the Cryptid!  What are your thoughts on the Brosno dragon?  Does it emit a mighty roar or sound more like a deflated balloon?  Let us know in the comments!