The Communist party in St Petersburg has petitioned the Orthodox Church to canonise Josef Stalin if he wins a television poll to nominate the greatest Russian in history.
Stalin last week surrendered a narrow lead to Nicholas II in the contest, which is based on the BBC's Great Britons series.
But with a result not expected until the end of the year, the country's Communists are convinced that Stalin will still emerge the victor.
While the poll, conducted by the state run Rossiya channel, has been criticised for allowing multiple voting, there is little doubt that Stalin has undergone a remarkable renaissance in recent years.
Opinion polls regularly name him Russia's greatest post-revolution leader after Vladimir Putin, the prime minister.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Via the Telegraph: