Is Stalin or Nicholas the Greatest Russian?
I'd encourage you to click the 3 Quarks Daily link above, as it excerpts an article which explains further.
Via normblog, the Russians are having a national poll on who's the greatest Russian of all time. The first of the two front runners, Nicholas II, was a racist and a bigot who regularly blamed Jews for his governments failings and incited pogroms throughout the empire. The other, Joseph Stalin, developed the model for a totalitarian regime that murdered countless millions.