Discover The Brosno Dragon: Russia’s Legendary Lake Monster

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Written by Patrick MacFarland

Published: January 14, 2024

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For as long as humans have existed, they have told stories about creatures and monsters. It could be to scare children, or it could be to entertain them. Fast forward a few centuries and we now have these stories adapted into movies or television series. Some of the monsters we know live in forests, others in oceans. Some live in lakes like the Loch Ness monster, for example. But there’s one we don’t know much about and that’s Russia’s legendary lake monster, the Brosno Dragon. Let’s take a look at the story of the Brosno Dragon, Russia’s legendary lake monster. 

About the Brosno Dragon

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The Brosno Dragon myth has been around for centuries and people have believed there is a creature in the lake.

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The legend of the Brosno Dragon (known as Brosnya) started when some horsemen that were of the Tatar people were going to the city of Novgorod. The horsemen had decided that they were going to rape and pillage the city, however, right before doing so, they were going to rest by Lake Brosno for a short while. It was a day like no other, happily enjoying relaxation when a monster appeared out of the water. This monster was a type of reptile and started attacking the men and horses. Interestingly enough, because of the monster’s attack, they decided to go back to where they came from and not attack Novgorod. 

Ever since then, people have wondered if there is an actual dragon-like monster living in Lake Brosno. There is even a rumor that the monster that lives in Lake Brosno completely eviscerated a German airplane during World War II. No evidence suggests this, but it is a myth that has spread in the past 70 years.

Supposed Sightings

Of course ever since that myth was told, people started to believe that it could have been real. There have been sightings throughout the centuries. One of the most believed sightings happened in 2002. A Russian group that searches for potential UFOs decided that they wanted to look at the lake for a potential monster siding. They reported after some sonar readings that there was a jelly-like figure in the depths of the lake. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a monster or anything.

Scientists believe that it could be the lake’s build-up of hydrogen sulfide that starts floating upward and can create an illusion that there is a monster living in the depths of Lake Brosno. They also think that it could be some sort of volcanic crack, or fissure, that creates the gasses that float to the top of the lake.

Other Lake Monsters

Other lake monsters have terrified people living in the area. They are all myths but that has not stopped conspiracy theorists from spreading rumors and stories. Here are a few other popular lake monsters.

  • Loch Ness Monster: the Scottish lake monster was first sighted in 565 and is the most famous lake monster in the world.
  • Monster of Lake Tota: also called the “diablo ballena,” or devil whale in Spanish, it is a dragon-like creature located in Colombia.

Lake Brosno


Lake Brosno is located in the Tvar region of Russia, northwest of Moscow.

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Located in the Tver region of Russia, Lake Brosno is 140 feet deep at its deepest. The Tvar region is northwest of Moscow and in the European part of the country. Lake Brosno is about 300 miles away from the Russian capital

In the lake’s west part, there is a church underneath the lake. No one knows the history of the church because archeologists have been unable to do the research. Near the lake, there are abandoned houses and buildings, as well.

Actual Wildlife in the Surrounding Areas

The lake is a thriving lake with many fish and organisms living there. The most common fish to find are pike, burbot, and perch. But the lake isn’t the only place where you can find wildlife. The region is rampant with wolves that roam around the area. There are also elks in the region and other elk-like animals like deer. The area is also popular with game animals like wild boars and moose. But if you’re lucky, you can also spot foxes, hares, black grouses, and gray partridges.


And there you have it, Russia’s legendary lake monster, the Brosno Dragon, is a terrifying creature that lives in Lake Brosno. Although some people have claimed to have seen the terrifying lake creature, the most probable truth is that it was another animal. Stories about monsters or dragons were used to scare children or entertain them. But even then, sometimes you wonder if it’s true. If you ever go visit Lake Brosno, peel your eyes at any weird things going on. You may find yourself face-to-face with the Brosno Dragon.

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About the Author

Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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