- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced plans to clone the remains of 3,000-year-old Scythian warriors during an online session of the Russian Geographical Society.
- He spoke of the “potential of the extraordinary 3,000-year-old Scythian burials,” referring to DNA that has been preserved in the Siberian permafrost.
- Defense Minister Shoigu ordered a shaman to be present at the excavations so as to avoid angering the spirits of the ancient warriors.
Marco Margaritoff from ATI writes:
“Just two decades ago, archaeologists in Siberia made the discovery of a lifetime. Buried in the Republic of Tuva were the remains of 3,000-year-old Scythian warriors with their horses. Not content to let them rest, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has now announced plans to clone them.
Shoigu, a Tuva native, revealed these intentions during last week’s online session of the Russian Geographical Society, according to Ancient Origins. Shoigu not only leads that organization but is one of the strongest allies of President Vladimir Putin — who attended the meeting. Most baffling were Shoigo’s purported goals.
The defense minister spoke of the “potential of the extraordinary 3,000-year-old Scythian burials,” referring to the plethora of DNA that has been preserved in Siberian permafrost. Shoigo had ordered a shaman to be present at the excavations — in order not to anger the spirits — and now apparently plans to build an army of the dead, according to Daily Mail.
“Of course, we would like very much to find the organic matter and I believe you understand what would follow that,” he said. “It would be possible to make something of it, if not Dolly the Sheep. In general, it will be very interesting.”
While this was a formal meeting and Shoigu’s words were rather clear, the announcement may serve a dual political purpose, according to some analysts. Russia recently deployed about 100,000 soldiers to the Ukrainian border, after all, and a fantastic tale about cloning ancient warriors could serve well as a distraction cooked up by the Kremlin’s propaganda machine…”
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