Lepa Radic was a Yugoslav communist who was executed by the Germans during World War II for firing at their soldiers. The Germans offered her a chance to live, if she snitched on her comrades and leaders. During her last moments (at the age of 17 no less), she vowed they’d let themselves be known,Continue reading “Fun Fact: Lepa Radic”
Trofim Lysenko was the favorite biologist of Joseph Stalin. Except he believed in Lamarckism and his pseudoscience led to Soviet and Chinese famines. He was eventually disgraced at the end of his life and lost all control and immunity from criticism.
Nikolai Vavilov was a scientist in the early days of the Soviet Union. He believed in evolution by natural selection along with Mendelian inheritance. Stalin believed in the pseudoscience of Lamarckism and eventually imprisoned him where he died. Nikita Kruschev later pardoned him after death and proclaimed him a hero of Soviet science.
Chinese Communist dictator Mao Zedong only traveled outside of China twice during his rule. Both were trips to the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union got its name from sovet, the Russian word for “council.”