The Vavilov Affair

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The Vavilov Affair

By Mark Popovsky
Archon Books, 1984
216 pp. $19.50
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Nikolai Vavilov was a noted Soviet biologist who ran afoul of Stalin's favorite, the charlatan Lysenko, and was purged, arrested and imprisoned; he died in 1943. In the 1960s Popovsky was able to gain access to the NKVD file on the case and tells here a full story which throws light on the corruption of science in the period of Lysenko's glory, on the methods of the Stalinist terror, and on the character and life of Vavilov himself.