Moscow, Russia - Televised coverage of an outbreak of Russian realpolitik today saw a bizarre 'alien face' pop out of the folds of a blue silk dress worn by Valentina Matviyenko, Leader of Russia's Upper House, the Lublianka.
Terrified Ukrainian TV viewers rang their national broadcaster demanding to know if it was some kind of sic-fi stunt or whether Senator Matviyenko was channeling an extraterrestrial message ahead of International Alien Women's Day on Saturday.
One caller demanded to know whether the politician was auditioning for the role of George in a Russian remake of the original 1990 version of Total Recall.
The movie features actor Marshall Bell playing a Martian resistance leader as well as his brother Kuato - a psychic dwarf attached to his abdomen that pops out to soothsay from inside George's shirt.
"Senator Matviyenko let slip her own Kuato moment on live TV," worried Ukrainian TV viewer Yulia Tymoshenko complained.
"Always suspected bloody aliens are behind this Russian coup."