I am begining to think that Poles are really mad.
Not mad, upset. I'm beginning to think Russian's have been asleep for the last 100 years.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin currently leads the candidate list in an internet poll of greatest Russians of all time, dismaying
historians, reports said Tuesday.
The poll, which runs on the website nameofrussia.ru. till
September, threatens to become a disgrace, Russian media commented.
'The people simply cannot know the truth,' the head of the Institute of Russian History, Vladimir Lavrov, told the internet newspaper website Gazeta.ru in Moscow.
Lavrov criticized the portrayal of Stalin in school text books as a
Stalin, who came from Georgia, is generally regarded as the one of history's worst dictators, responsible for the mass murder of millions during his 30-year reign up to his death in 1953.
The poll has been organized by state television channel Rossiya and lists 50 candidates.
Already 1.3 million people have voted, with singer Vladimir Visocki in second place and communist revolutionary Lenin in third.
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