"The skull is a mind weapon. It will open a new frontier of psychic warfare. It was Stalin's dream."
Irina Spalko[src]

Joseph Stalin was the former leader of the Soviet Union.


On the eve of World War II, Stalin was paranoid about Adolf Hitler, so the Soviet police turned a blind eye to Nazi misdeeds. This allowed Colonel Klaus Kerner to steal a copy of the Hermocrates from a Leningrad museum in 1939 and leave unhindered.[1]

During the war, Stalin was greatly disturbed by German action against Russia and the subsequent advent of the United States' nuclear capabilities. He turned to the KGB to explore the hidden potential of the human mind.[2] At some point, the Soviets learned of the 1947 crash in Roswell, New Mexico and its ties to the South American legend of Akator from which a Crystal Skull was stolen in the 16th century.[3]

Interested in psychic warfare, Stalin brought in Irina Spalko to search for the Crystal Skull with which the USSR could brainwash the American military army's minds to gain the advantage during the Cold War.[4]


Spalko continued to pursue Stalin's dream in the years following his death in 1953 and, in 1957, was known by American forces to be leading teams in a global hunt for artifacts believed to have psychic applications. Spalko eventually found the Crystal Skull but it would be her undoing as the unearthly object took her life.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

For the 2008 release of the Indiana Jones Movie Photo Cards trading card series, Irina Spalko's card revealed that Stalin was the one who choose her to search the Crystal Skull of Akator. However, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is set in 1957, while Stalin died in 1953 in real-life, thus creating a continuity error or that Stalin's mission was carried posthumously.



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