A poll offering Russian the chance to vote for the country’s best scientist has been conducted by independent polling organisation Levada Centre.
The celebrated chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev topped the list with 23% of the final vote, polymath Mikhail Lomonosov came second with 18% and following closely behind was Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer Sergei Korolev with 12%.
The remaining 67% of those surveyed simply could not decide.
The population was then given the chance to choose their favourite historian. Nikolay Karamzin gathered 17% of all votes to give him first place whilst the number two spot was shared by Vasily Kluchevsky and Sergey Solovyev, both with 6%. Lev Gumilev came up third with 3%.
But again, over two-thirds had trouble deciding, this time 65% of those asked were unable to even cast a vote.