In other words, Stalin sought to create a race of dream dates for our art director, Corianton Hale.
And now the disturbing details…
Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia’s top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior… in 1926 he was dispatched to West Africa with $200,000 to conduct his first experiment in impregnating chimpanzees.
Meanwhile, a centre for the experiments was set up in Georgia - Stalin’s birthplace - for the apes to be raised.
Mr Ivanov’s experiments, unsurprisingly from what we now know, were a total failure. He returned to the Soviet Union, only to see experiments in Georgia to use monkey sperm in human volunteers similarly fail.
No doubt the monkey sperm was fresh and obtained from happy-go-lucky chimps who were only too delighted to part with it. But I kind of doubt the humans Ivanov attempted to impregnate with it—female humans, I presume—were “volunteers.” In Stalin’s USSR, people “volunteered” to go before firing squads and “volunteered” to execute their own parents for crimes against the state. I supsect the women involved in these experiments “volunteered” under duress too.