Dec 29, 2008
Stalin demands a recount, as Nevsky is already dead.
I don't know how we missed this one, or maybe I just did. Apparently, the Russia TV Channel held a Name of Russia contest to find the most notable personality in Russian history. Individuals voted over the Internet and were given 500 personalities to choose from. The top three:
1. Aleksandr Nevsky
2. Aleksandr Pushkin
3. Fyodr Dostoevsky
Apparently there was some controversy surrounding the vote. Namely, there were complaints that the system was biased against communists including Stalin (#12, although BBC and wikipedia report that he was #3) and Lenin (#5). RECOUNT!
Other notables: Peter the Great was #4; Catherine the Great was #7 (still not sure if the horse rumor hurt or helped); and Ivan the Terrible was #8.
For what it's worth: I would totally have voted for Gogol. "A Terrible Vengeance" changed my life.