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Ilya Ivanov

Ilya Ivanov graduated from the Kharkov University in 1896 and became a full professor in 1907. He worked as a researcher in the Askania-Nova natural reserve, also for the State Experimental Veterinary Institute, for the Central Experimental Station for Researching Reproduction of Domestic Animals, and for the Moscow Higher Zootechnic Institute .

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Russian Biologist born in 1870

At the turn of the century Ilya Ivanov perfected artificial insemination and its practical usage for horse breeding. In the early 1920s, Ilya got an offer he couldn’t refuse.  Stalin approached Ilya, famed Soviet animal husbandry expert, with a startling proposition:

“I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat …” Stalin demanding, “the breed should be of immense strength but with an underdeveloped brain”.

The one view that Stalin and Ivanov probably shared in common was that they both reasoned, if we can build a stronger, faster horse, we can certainly build a stronger, faster man.  So Ivanov took a page from Charles Darwin and looked to man’s closest primate ancestor – the chimpanzee.

Then in November 1926, Armed with a small fortune provided by the Politburo, Ivanov traveled to West Africa to collect the chimps and transport them back to the Soviet Union. On February 28, 1927, Ivanov artificially inseminated two female chimpanzees with human sperm (not his own or his son’s). On June 25, he injected a third chimpanzee with human sperm.

The harder Ivanov tried, the more he failed.  Ivanov repeatedly tried and failed to impregnate the chimps with human sperm samples.  Eventually, all fifteen or so monkeys died.  No pregnancies ever resulted.

Stalin grew impatient and demanded a progress report and Ivanov knew his time was running out.  It was decided that two “volunteer” peasant girls are found for attempted impregnation with chimpanzee sperm.  In desperation, he tried (and failed) to obtain new monkeys from a Cuban heiress, but the story leaked to the Western press, and Ivanov became an international laughing stock.

Ivanov was arrested in 1930 after his project failed and died in a labor camp two years later in exile at Karaganda.

Sky News, an affiliate of the Fox News Network: Stalin’s Army Of Mutant Ape-Men.  Ruins of secret laboratories and ape skeletons were found in the Black Sea town of Sukhumi in Georgia, by workmen building a playground for children.

The bones are thought to come from apes captured in the 1920s on orders from Stalin, who then ordered scientist Ilya Ivanov to carry out the research.