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Stalin comes third in Russian vote


The former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has come third in a nationwide TV vote for the greatest Russian ever to have lived, despite being responsible for the deaths of millions of Soviets.

Medieval prince Alexander Nevsky came top in the poll, and in second place was reformist Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin, who was assassinated in 1911.

More than 50 million people voted by phone, the internet or via text messages in the poll held by Rossiya, one of Russia's biggest television stations.

Richard Galpin reports on some efforts to rehabilitate Stalin's image.


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