"The skull is a mind weapon. It will open a new frontier of psychic warfare. It was Stalin's dream."
Joseph Stalin was the former leader of the Soviet Union. His interests lay in finding out the potential for psychic warfare. As such, he brought in Irina Spalko.
Upon his death, he was succeeded by rival politician Nikita Khrushchev, who would later assign Spalko to the search for the Crystal Skull of Akator.