Russians rank Stalin as the 'most outstanding' person

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Soviet leader Josef Stalin has been named the most outstanding person in history in a Russian poll despite executing more than a million people in political purges.

He was followed by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and President Vladimir Putin in joint second place with 34 percent.

Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin reached fourth place with 32 percent, while Russian royal Peter the Great came in fifth with 29 percent.

It is estimated that more than 1 million people were killed during the Stalin regime, with millions more dying in forced labor camps or as a result of mass deportations and starvation. Content to rationalize all that, Yahoo reported that many Russians remember him for turning the Soviet Union into an industrial and military superpower and his role in winning World War II.

Levada Centre, an independent pollster, conducted this poll in April and asked 1,600 Russians.

The list includes famed statesmen, writers and scientists but only three foreigners -Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton.

Putin enjoyed a significant boost in the ranks, building on the 22 percent of the vote he received the last time the poll was carried out in 2012.

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