A copy of the portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Ilya Repin from the collection of the State Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.RIA Novosti
A survey conducted by the Levada Center pollster among Russians over 18 has revealed the most popular writers and poets of all time in Russia.
The study was conducted through interviews among 1,600 people in 137 inhabited localities in 48 regions of the country.
In the writers category, Leo Tolstoy was named the greatest author. He "won" by a wide margin – his name was mentioned by 45 percent of the respondents.
There is not a single modern writer in the top 10.
None of Russia’s living poets is on the top 10 list.
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