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Utopia in the Blood Surrogate

After his expulsion from the [Communist] party in 1909, he founded a Utopian school for workers on the island of Capri, but became deeply apolitical around this time, serving in World War One as a doctor, and having an elliptical impact on Soviet Russian politics and philosophy after the War. It is clear that his experiments in blood transfusions—one of which eventually killed him—were designed to explore the possibility of achieving Immortality; and it is rumoured that, given Lenin’s brain (after his death) to study, he hoped to resuscitate him, with the ultimate hope of making the Bolshevik rulers of the USSR immortal.

—Science Fiction Encyclopedia entry on Alexander Bogdanov

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