This tale is an insight into thescientific musings of Josef Stalin who somehow got it into his head that crossbreeding between humans and apes was a viable proposition. Of course he also listened to the ideas of Lysenkowho had an eccentric theory for the development of speciation that consistentlyfailed to produce results however right or wrong the theory may be. Unfortunately Josef decide that every otherscientist had to accept that same theory with predictable results. I expect great genius was demonstrated inwriting up the results. This process isfamiliar to those who have followed the global warming debate.
With this bit of work and knowingwhat we know today and what we actually knew in Stalin’s time, the work wasdoomed to utter failure.
Anyway this all produced ahistory of sorts as did the Nazis in search of the Ark of the Covenant. At least the excesses of global warmingpretty well ended with the scandal of Climategate.
Russian Ape Men
Soviet Monsters Lair of the Beasts:
By Nick Redfern February 19, 2011
Secret government files generated in Russia in 1926 under the regime ofPremier Josef Stalin reveal the details of an astonishing and shocking storythat eerily parallels the scenario presented in H.G. Wells’ The Island ofDr. Moreau. According to the formerly classified records, Stalin had a crazedidea to try and create an army of creatures that would be a combination ofhalf-ape and half-man, and that would be utterly unbeatable on the battlefield.
As a result Ilya Ivanov, the former
Soviet Union’stop animal-breeding expert at the time, was personally told by Stalin: “I wanta new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferentabout the quality of food they eat.” Somewhat shrewdly, and perhapsanticipating a scenario similar to the catastrophic ending in The , Stalin added that thecreatures should possess “immense strength but with an underdeveloped brain.” Island of Dr. Moreau
Certainly, in the eyes of Stalin if anyone could make the crackpotproject succeed it was Ivanov. A highly regarded figure, he had established hisreputation under the Tsar when, in 1901, he established the world’s firstcenter for the artificial insemination of racehorses. But more important toStalin was the fact that Ivanov had already tried to create a “super-horse” byattempting to crossbreed such animals with zebras.
Despite the fact that the attempts to crossbreed a horse with a zebrafailed completely, Moscow’s Politburo forwarded Stalin’s request to the Academyof Science with the order to build a “living war machine;” an order that cameat a time when the Soviet Union was embarking upon a crusade to turn the worldupside down, with social engineering seen as a partner to industrialization.
In addition, Soviet authorities were struggling at the time to rebuildthe Red Army after the devastation of the First World War, and there was alsointense pressure to find a new labor force, and particularly one that would notcomplain. As a result, in the warped mind of Josef Stalin, the secret creationof a super race of hybrid creatures that combined the intelligence of humanbeings with the physical strength of some of the larger primates, such asgorillas and chimpanzees, seemed to be the perfect antidote to every problem.
The Russian scientific community swung into action and Ivanov wasquickly dispatched, with $200,000 in his pocket no less, to
West Africa where the first such experiment was planned: namely theimpregnation of a number of chimpanzees with human sperm. Ivanov’s now-archivedreports reveal that the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France secretly granted himpermission to use their research station in Guinea, West Africa, for ape-breeding research.
As Ivanov advised the Politburo, however: “The biggest problem is tocatch living females.” As a result, Ivanov’s team learned that the answer to thistricky problem was to burn the trees and chase the apes into cages as theyscampered down the trunks. Ivanov also reported, somewhat disturbingly, on thefact that his team had “seized” a number of local African women in the area whowere “to be impregnated with ape sperm.” No pregnancies resulted. Moreambitious plans to impregnate female gorillas with human sperm also ended incomplete failure.
At the same time, a center for such experimentation in
Russia was stealthily established in Stalin’sbirthplace of ,where the super-apes were to be raised if impregnation was ever seen to besuccessful. Unsurprisingly, none of the West African experiments succeeded.Undaunted, however, Stalin pressed on with an even more controversial plan: hearranged for a number of women “volunteers” in Russia to be impregnated withmonkey sperm in an effort to determine whether or not following this particularroute would prove to be more successful. Again, it was not. Georgia
That such experimentation did proceed, however, is not in doubt: onlyrecently, workmen engaged in the building of a children’s playground in theGeorgian Black Sea town of
found a plethora of ape-skeletons, and an old abandoned laboratory. Suchumi
In the eyes of the ruthless Stalin, and a result of the resoundingfailure to create an army of man-beasts, Ivanov was now in complete disgrace.As a result, Stalin sentenced Ivanov to five years in jail, which was latercommuted to five years’ exile in the Central Asian
in 1931. He died a year later, after falling sick while standing on a freezingrailway platform. republic of Kazakhstan
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including Final Events, TheNasa Conspiracies, and the forthcoming The Real Men in Black.