The American Time magazine included Vladimir Putin in his annual ranking of the “100 most influential people”. The Russian President appears in the nomination “Leaders” where also were the President of the United States Donald trump, the President of China XI Jinping, Prime Minister of great Britain Theresa may, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other prominent figures. It is noteworthy that the leaders of the rating was chosen by the readers of the publication,in an open vote. How should the inclusion of Putin in such a rating on the background of a fairly sharp information of fighting between countries and what effect it may have on residents of the Russian Federation on the eve of presidential elections 2018, “MK” told the scientists.
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Alexei MUKHIN, Director of the Center for political information:
The American press loves a long time and Putin includes it in different ratings of influence. Amazing this is nothing. It is an objective reality that such ratings reflect. I would be surprised if Putin was not on the list of most influential people – judging by how the American media pumped up its population with information on intervention, the so-called Russian hackers in the us presidential campaign. The leader of the country, which can affect the outcome of the US election, of course, in the opinion of Americans, worthy of a place on the top of the rankings.
Sergei MARKELOV, political strategist, Director of “Markkom”:
– Time magazine released these rankings since 1999, and Putin for that year turns up. And rightly so. To be honest, in any global event, which involved more than two or three countries, it appears the Russia and our country made amendments in all geopolitical Affairs. The journal notes that Putin’s policy has become turbulent, uncertain, explosive, and most other leaders were not ready to such turn. The second value, which is the inclusion of Putin’s rating — domestic. Under still virtual the started presidential campaign in 2018, we get a good foreign signal that future participants of the election campaign is very important. For Russian voters, for the Russian mind is very important when their President is recognized by other countries. It is very motivating.
Anton ORLOV, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of modern politics:
– A place among the leaders of the rating of Time — further proof that Putin’s position remains at a consistently high level. The foreign policy pursued by the President and foreign Minister, gives its fruits. If you think about how inclusion in the magazine, Vladimir Putin will affect the life of our country, it is here reminded of the words of Friedrich Nietzsche in his work “anti-Christian”: “the evil is something that comes from weakness.” Our population, in my opinion, to forgive their rulers all error – failed reforms, poor laws, but the weak can never forgive. The President is the face of the country, we should not be ashamed of him. Our people will see such a large rating, will not be ashamed for the President — he is strong! This is very important.