The Dancer and the Devil: Stalin, Pavlova, and the Road to the Great Pandemic

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Categories: Biography, Communism


By John E. O’Neill and Sarah C. Wynne. Communism must kill what it cannot control. So for a century, it has killed artists, writers, musicians, and even dancers. It kills them secretly, using bioweapons and poison to escape accountability. Among its victims was Anna Pavlova, one of history’s greatest dancer, who was said to have God-given wings and feet that never touched the ground. But she defied Josef Stalin and, for that, she had to die. Her sudden death in Paris in 1931 was a mystery until now. The Dancer and the Devil traces Marxism’s century-long fascination with bioweapons, from the Soviets’ leak of pneumonic plague in 1939 that nearly killed Stalin to leaks of anthrax at Kiev in 1972 and Yekaterinburg in 1979; from the leak of a flu in northeast China in 1977 that killed millions to the catastrophic Covid-19 leak from biolabs in Wuhan, China. Marxism’s dark past must not be a parent to the world’s dark future. Brave souls stretching back nearly a century have suffered mysterious “natural” deaths, including dancers, writers, saints and heroes. The dead and those who remember and loved them deserve answers to two great questions. How and why? The Dancer and the Devil answers these questions. It tracks a century of Soviet and then Chinese Communist bioweapons through their development and intentional use on talented artists and heroes like Pavlova, Maxim Gorky, Raoul Wallenberg and Alexis Navalny. It then tracks leaks of bioweapons beginning in Saratov, Russia in 1939 and Soviet Yekaterinburg in 1979 through Chinese leaks concluding in the recent concealed leak of the manufactured bioweapon Covid-19 from the military lab in Wuhan, China. Hardback, 320 pages.