One of the Exopolitics websites recently posted the following:
Wikileaks confirms extensive Soviet UFO investigations
The first Wikileaks U.S. diplomatic cable that mentions UFOs has just been released. It is based on comments by Yuriy Zhadobin, chairman of the intelligence service of the former Soviet Republic of Belarus. In the cable prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Zhadobin is reported to have said that during the time of the Soviet Union, there were almost unlimited funds for investigating the UFO phenomenon. He laments that after the Soviet break up, Belarus no longer has the funds to investigate UFOs to the extent it once had.
And after checking the website the clunky (Google) translation reads as follows:
11. Quote of the Week
----------------------BKGB Chairman Yuriy Zhadobin on why his organization no longer investigates paranormal phenomena:
"Unlike during the USSR, the department is not engaged in studying paranormal phenomena.
[Back then,] we had greater means and opportunities which we could spend on anything and everything.
Then, when society was excited by something, it entered our sphere of interest.
But when it comes to healers, UFOs and such, we just can´t deal with them any more."Stewart
Not exactly what the Exopolitics-Institute website said but its pretty close. I guess the main difference being that what I interpreted him as saying was that if the public were excited by a topic then it justified funding research in it even if it was of –as quoted above- ‘paranormal phenomena'.