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International controversy over "Most Important Russian" poll.


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Photo Right: Anti-Communist, Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin, also scored high on the list. He was Prime Minister of Russia from 1906-1911.

A nationwide Russian poll started with hundreds of historical figures and asked who the top 12 most important Russians in history were. The poll has caused an international controversy and fuel for anti-Russian pundits over Joseph Stalin’s placement on the list. The list also included Vladimir Lenin, another Soviet mass murderer.

In reality, the poll shows that the vast majority of Russians do not identify with the Soviet era.

Stalin ruled Russia during the holocaust of tens millions of Soviet citizens of numerous ethnicities.

First place went to 13th century prince Alexander Nevsky with 11.7% followed by Pyotr Stolypin with 11.6%.

Joseph Stalin, who is romanticized by the Russian Communist Party, came in third place with 11.5% of the vote.

From Russian Media Source…

The Russian Prince and Saint Alexander Nevsky (ca.1220-1263) was voted the most important historical figure with which today’s Russia associates itself.

Nevsky was picked in a national voting campaign called “Russia’s Name” (“Historical Choice-2008”), in which more than 524 000 Russians submitted their vote. The results of the voting were announced Sunday on the national TV channel.

The USSR dictator Joseph Stalin was ranked third preceded by the country’s reformist Prime Minister in 1906-1911 Pyotr Stolypin.

The poet Alexander Pushkin remained fourth, followed by the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, the Tsar Pyotr I, Vladimir Lenin, the general Alexander Suvorov, the Empress Catherine II, Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and Tsar Alexander II the Liberator.

The Grand Prince of Novgorod and Vladimir Alexander Nevsky was a key figure in defending Russia and the Orthodoxy from foreign invasion in the 13th century.

In 1240 he defeated the Swedes in the Battle of Neva, and in 1242 he defeated the invading Teutonic Knights at the Battle of the Ice.

Bulgaria’s largest cathedral famous for its golden domes and location in downtown Sofia is named after St. Alexander Nevsky.