Stalin 'used secret laboratory to analyse Mao's excrement'

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By the sound of things, it was a top secret and rather smelly experiment. 

According to Russian newspaper reports, in the 1940s Stalin's secret police had set up a special department to get its hands on people's faeces. 

The ambitious aim: to analyse samples of foreign leaders' stools. 

In other words, espionage via excrement.

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