According to the BBC
one of Russia’s biggest television stations is due to announce later today the winer of a nationwide vote for the greatest Russian ever to have lived. A highly controversial figure who could win the contest is the former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, one of the blood thirstiest leaders of the last century, who killed many millions of his own people.
Also from the report:
The official line now is that Stalin and the Soviet regime was successful in creating a great country and if the terror of Stalin is justified then the government today can do what it wants to, to achieve its aims.