Stalin is named ‘the most outstanding person’ in history pushing Putin into second place in a Russian poll

Soviet leader Josef Stalin has been named the most outstanding person in history in a Russian poll despite executing more than a million people in political purges.

The survey by the Levada Center in Moscow released Monday showed 38 percent of those two took part chose Stalin.

The figure is in stark contrast to the mere 12 percent who picked him in 1989 when Russians were beginning to discover the crimes of the Stalin regime.