Editor in chief of Forbes explained the principle of selection of candidates for the top 100 influential Russians

MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Editor in chief of Forbes magazine Nikolay Uskov on Friday told TASS about the methods of preparing the drafting of hundreds of names of the most influential Russian century (1917-2017 years).

The magazine decided not to place the person hierarchically and presented them in alphabetical order.

In the hundred most influential, in particular, included the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin film Director Nikita Mikhalkov, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, singer Alla Pugacheva, the hockey player Alexander Ovechkin and others.

The youngest in the Forbes list was the 23-year-old Vitaliy Buterin, the Creator of cryptocurrency platform Ethereum.

“The magazine itself did not dare to place influential people of the twentieth century in some kind of hierarchy, – said Uskov. – How can you compare Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stalin, for example? We decided rating, which is the official ranking of the magazine Forbes, to arrange in alphabetical order.”

Speaking about the idea of creating hundreds, the chief editor of the magazine said that this is due to the anniversary publication, which in September celebrates 100 years.

“We wanted to see what happened in our country during this century that the world lived with Forbes, he said. We were invited to work on a long sheet of experts – a total of about 19 people”.

Experts has selected about 400 names, and then voted. The editorial also someone weeded out or, on the contrary added.

Selection criteria

Speaking about the selection criteria, Uskov has explained that “it was important influence of a person on large masses of people, on the economy, on economy, on global markets.”

According to him, experts and editors relied on numbers, polls, voting to “preserve the unique look that is Forbes”.

According to Uskov, on some issues, it was particularly difficult to compromise.

“For example, they are of extraordinary dancers chose Mikhail Baryshnikov, and not Rudolf Nureyev. I don’t quite understand why, but sure, why not,” he said.

Also how long was the selection of the best Director of comedies. “Still turned Gaidai, because, first, he has more movies that broke all records, and secondly, they are still the most watchable films of the Russian cinema”, – explained Levchenko.

The list also included members of the white movement, including commander Anton Denikin.

“Let’s be honest, after all the revolution of 1917 is the main event in our history, if we take the last century, he said. – It seemed to us, and experts too, it is noticed that it is very important to include major participants in those events from both sides in this list.”

We tried to make this list were the people who somehow participated in the event as a colossal planetary scale – at least, in the fate of our country and definitely our generations,” he added.

A vote of readers

On the magazine’s website poll of readers in the chosen hundred. “As expected, in the first place, Yuri Gagarin, in the second place Stalin in third place – Putin, – he said. – In principle, I am not against this vote, although I’d suggest not Yuri Gagarin and Sergey Korolev”.