The Associated Press
Russian school textbooks praise Peter the Great as an industrializer and cultural visionary who turned his country into a European power.
became feared but also respected by its neighbors, and Peter is the official czar-hero of Russian history. himself is much more like another czar, Nicholas I, who stumbled into military conflict with the British and French and rejected calls for the basic reforms needed to enable Russia to compete with the world powers of the day.TAGGED: Crimea
, Vladimir Putin