The nutty Stalin.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin attempted to create a powerful, subservient army of ape-men by crossing human females with male apes. “I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat,” Stalin was quoted in Moscow newspapers. The leadership was quick to respond, with the Politburo ordering the Soviet Academy of Science to build a “living war machine” in 1926.
Intended for use in both military and intensive industrial work like constructing railroads, Staling demanded the cross-breed should be of ‘immense strength, but with an underdeveloped brain.’ The Russian leadership viewed the mutants as a core part of the plan to strengthen the weakened Soviet Union and power the first of its Five Year Plans for quick industrialization.
Apes, most likely chimpanzees, were captured in the 1920s, and Stalin ordered Russian scientist Ilya Ivanov to perform the horrific research. Ivanov was the Soviet’s top animal husbandry expert, having set up the world’s first racehorse artificial breeding center.
His first attempt was to capture chimps and impregnate them with human spermatozoa. When that didn’t work, he tried the opposite. He procured an agreement with a provincial governor in the African country of Guinea whereby patients in a local hospital could be used for inter-breeding, so long as they volunteered for it.
In a shock to Ivanov, but perhaps to no one else, not a single woman would agree to interbreed with an ape.