By K.M. Jensen
A. ALEKSANDR BOGDANOV On April 7, 1928 the profession of 1 of the main outstanding figures of Russian and early Soviet highbrow lifestyles got here to an abrupt and untimely finish. within the strategy of an test on blood transfusion, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Malinovsky, greater referred to as Bogdanov, had exchanged his blood with that of a significantly sick malaria sufferer in hopes of saving either the sufferer and his blood. the result of this can be guessed: either physician and sufferer died forthwith. ! even supposing a unprecedented enterprise on Bogdanov's half, for it was once a part of a look for the capacity to immortality,2 the transfusion scan was once just one of a bunch of startling issues he had performed in his thirty years in Russian politics and public lifestyles. actually, the actions and success of his years as director of the Soviet Union's first institute for the examine of blood transfusion appear nearly insignificant beside the occasions of prior years. three it might be reasonable to assert that Aleksandr Bogdanov stood in a singularly fashionable place within the political and highbrow lifetime of Russia from the flip of the century to 1930. Politically, he have been Lenin's merely severe rival for management one of the Bolsheviks sooner than 1917. within the early years of the Soviet regime, Bogdanov stood head and shoulders above the other public determine working outdoors the ranks of the celebration. just a handful of guys, i. e.