Moscow, 1926.  Josef Stalin sits behind a large oak desk waiting for the arrival of Ilya Ivanovich, Russia’s top animal breeding specialist who has just returned from two years in Guinea Conakry where he has been conducting experiments. The room is oak-panelled and there is a large painting of a group of men behind Stalin’s desk. There are numerous gaps among the montage. To the left of him is a flag with the Hammer and Sickle on it.  Standing next to him is Lavrenti Beria, Head of the KGB, a small man with large eyes and tiny hands. He is Stalin’s right-hand man and responsible for all the purges and the Great Terror. He is to Stalin’s right and is holding a pile of…