Saturday, January 10, 2009

Alexander Nevsky is the Face of Russia

Alexander Nevsky, who is best-known for stopping the advance of Swedish and Teutonic Knights into Russia in the 13th century, narrowly defeated 20th-century reformer and tsarist Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin in the ""Face of Russia,"" a controversial seven-month contest on state-run Rossia television.

Alexander Nevsky was the prince of Novgorod and Kiev and grand prince of Vladimir, he tallied 524,575 votes in the contest. He edged out Stolypin -- generally better known for having been murdered by a Russian terrorist than for his unfinished reforms -- who finished with 523,766 votes. The contest is the Russian equivalent of the BBC program "Great Britons."Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin finished third, with 519,671 votes, while poet Alexander Pushkin finished fourth. A total of more than 50 million votes were cast.

Peter the Great and the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, both managed to make it into the final round of 12 personalities.

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