Stalin and ape-warriors
Nothing should surprise me anymore. This is one of the strangest stories I have come across about the mass-murderer Josef Stalin: He was trying to cross humans with apes to create a "super-warrior" class!
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.
According to Moscow newspapers, Stalin told the scientist: "I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat."
In 1926 the Politburo in Moscow passed the request to the Academy of Science with the order to build a "living war machine". The order came at a time when the Soviet Union was embarked on a crusade to turn the world upside down, with social engineering seen as a partner to industrialisation: new cities, architecture, and a new egalitarian society were being created. [Did ya notice the little "positive twist" by the author of the article? --Ed.]
And, there's a Cuba angle, to boot!