It’s 1899, and in a mysterious fort just off the coast of St. Petersburg, Russian scientists are conducting probing experiments on animals that could well kill them. And if the test subjects do ultimately perish, the researchers will have no choice but to burn the bodies on the same site. For you see, the threat posed to humans as a result of these investigations is also very real.
But just why were the scientists in that remote building, and how did they come to be embarking on potentially deadly work there? Well, interestingly, Fort Alexander I was named after the Russian emperor who ruled as Tsar from 1801 until 1825. And, initially, the stronghold was built to protect the imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg from attacks in the Baltic Sea. At that time, you see, the city was vulnerable to naval assault along the Gulf of Finland – the eastern arm of the Baltic.