MOSCOW, OCT. 12 -- The extramarital activities of Kremlin leaders may still be out of bounds for the Soviet press. But this week has demonstrated that extraterrestrial activities have become fair game under glasnost. Once restricted to rewriting government handouts, Soviet journalists have been scooping each other madly these past few days with bizarre tales from outer space. Each day brings a fresh crop of stories about visits to Godforsaken provincial towns by exotic aliens armed with shining eyes and ray guns. The official Soviet news agency Tass shattered a long-standing taboo Monday with a deadpan report about the landing of an unidentified flying object in a public park in the city of Voronezh, 300 miles southeast of Moscow. The rest of the Soviet media has been struggling to keep up with the story ever since. Not to be outdone by its rivals, the Communist Party youth newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda today published details of what it said was the first encounter between a Soviet journalist and aliens. The interview allegedly took place near the Urals city of Perm, known in the Soviet Union as a center of UFO activity but better known in the West as the site of a notorious labor camp for political prisoners. "Where are you from?" journalist Pavel Mukhortov was said to have asked the aliens, who glowed in the dark and were reportedly six to 13 feet tall. "The constellation Libra, Red Star, Our Homeland," replied the creatures, communicating in the form of illuminated letters in the Siberian night. "Your goal?" "It depends on the center. We are directed by a central system." "Can you take me to your planet?" "There would be no return for you and it would be dangerous for us." "Why would it be dangerous?" "You might bring thought bacteria." Western political analysts in Moscow noted that the aliens appeared to come from a planet with a system of political and ideological controls similar in some respects to a communist society. This could conceivably explain why they chose to land their spaceship in the Soviet Union rather than the United States. According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, which published a picture on its back page of a globe-shaped object said to be a UFO, curious events have been taking place in the Perm region for many months. On July 16, workers at a collective farm saw a group of huge headless people, moving as if on a motorbike. At about the same time, children in a summer camp north of Perm reported seeing aliens with shining eyes. Komsomolskaya Pravda said one of the aliens opened fire when a boy threw rocks at the group, causing the grass to start burning. The rash of UFO sightings in the Perm region has helped create business for local cooperatives, the Soviet version of private enterprise. Soviet newspapers report that minibuses are shuttling the curious from Perm to the area where Mukhortov encountered the aliens for 59 rubles (nearly $100 at the official rate of exchange). The press coverage has encouraged Soviet ufologists to come out of the closet in which they have been confined for many years. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that a faculty of ufology has even been founded at Moscow State University, the first of its kind in the Soviet Union. Prof. Vladimir Azhazhei told the newspaper that ufology had long been considered a "bourgeois science" by Soviet ideologists, thus throttling its natural development. He attributed the sudden interest in the subject to the glasnost, or openness policy, of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. According to Azhazhei, at last count there were some 50 groups of amateur ufologists in the Soviet Union. He added, however, that the number had been growing "like mushrooms" with every new UFO sighting. Wednesday night the evening television program Vremya got into the act, broadcasting an interview with a Voronezh schoolchild, Vasya Surin, who claims to have witnessed the landing of a UFO. The boy described how he saw a 10-foot-tall alien with three eyes get out of a saucerlike spaceship. "We were scared," the boy said, describing how the alien had two holes instead of a real nose and appeared to swivel his middle eye rather than turn his head. Vremya injected a note of skepticism into its report, however, by saying that no adult witnesses had been found to corroborate the account. "One thing is clear," concluded reporter L. Maximov in his best television network style. "It's too early to tell. What's needed is research. And not by Voronezh enthusiasts, but by experts."