Nikolai Uskov, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, explained the principles that guided the publication in preparing the list of the 100 most influential Russians of the past century (from 1917 to 2017) published today.
According to him, it was decided not to create some ranking inside the list, since the covered period is too long, TASS reports.
“The magazine itself did not dare to place the influential people of the 20th century in some kind of hierarchy. How can you compare Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Stalin, for example? – Uskov explained the position of Forbes, adding that for these reasons it was decided to arrange all the participants in the list in alphabetical order.
Among them are cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, former head of the Russian Ministry of Finance Alexei Kudrin, film directors Nikita Mikhalkov and Leonid Gaidai, hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, singer Alla Pugacheva, ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, 23-year-old creator of the Ethereum cryptocurrency platform Vitalik Buterin, Russian President Vladimir Putin other.
According to Uskov, the editors have timed the unusual “rating” (which is not really such) to coincide with the anniversary of the publication, which in September will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its work. “We wanted to see what happened in our country during this century that the world has lived with Forbes magazine,” the editor-in-chief of the magazine commented.
He clarified that 19 experts were invited to compile the list of the hundred most influential people of the past century, who, together with the editorial staff, selected 400 applicants, and then voted for each candidate.
The selection criterion was “the impact of a particular person on large masses of people, on the economy, on sectors of the economy, on global markets”, determined based on “numbers, polls, voting” so that the list reflects “the unique view of Forbes”.
At the same time, Uskov admitted, it was extremely difficult to reach a compromise on a number of issues when it came to choosing between pieces from the same field. “For example, they chose Mikhail Baryshnikov from the outstanding dancers, and not Rudolf Nureyev. I don’t quite understand why, but, in general, why not, ”explained the editor-in-chief of the magazine. A similar problem, according to him, arose when choosing the best comedy director – and in the end they settled on Gaidai, who made many record-breaking films that still remain the most watchable in Russian cinema.
Separately, Uskov noted the inclusion in the list of participants in the White Guard movement, including Anton Denikin himself. The editor-in-chief of Forbes explained that it was “very important for the compilers of the list to include the main participants in those events from both sides.”
After the publication of the list, readers of the magazine got the opportunity to vote for its individual defendants, thereby distributing them into a kind of rating. While Yuri Gagarin is in the lead, Joseph Stalin is in second place, and the incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin closes the top three.