The new list of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine, which was published April 21 on the magazine’s website, came two representatives of Russia — President Vladimir Putin and Internet investor Yuri Milner.
The head of state was represented by Professor at Columbia University, senior research fellow at the Council on foreign relations Stephen Sestanovich, who in the late 1990s was the U.S. Ambassador for special assignments in the post-Soviet space.
Presenting the Russian leader, Sestanovich described his imaginary dialogue with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, which Putin allegedly describes his most high-profile decisions and initiatives in recent years. In this imaginary dialogue, in particular, alluded to the difficulties in the economy, the situation in Syria and Ukraine, Putin and Medvedev allegedly admits that “he has no solutions” to these problems.
Yuri Milner was represented by physicist Stephen Hawking. As written , they collaborate with Starshot Breakthrough programme, which aims to launch spacecraft capable of flying to the stars with a million speed of 160 km/h.
Calling Milner “little dreamer”, Hawking said that his investments are long term in nature and support fundamental, but yet underfunded projects, such as the search for life in the Universe and the way of interstellar travel. “At the heart of his vision — a sense of scale,” concludes Hocking.
Time turned Putin into the category of “Leaders”, which also included Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Francois Hollande, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald trump, the current head of state Barack Obama, Chinese President XI Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and others.
Milner has been included in the category of “Titans”, where the company amounted to Apple CEO Tim cook, Pope Francis, Facebook founder mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.
In last year’s list of Time Putin was the only Russian. Then American political scientist and founder of the world’s largest consulting Agency in the field of political risk, the Eurasia Group Bremmer Ian representing the Russian leader, noted that no one in the world, except for Putin, “has so large a power in the country, so important to international politics and the global economy.”
After that, Putin said he indifferently refers to being on the list, but thanked the participants of the survey who, in his words, “showed such a sign of respect” towards Russia.
In 2014, the reasons for the inclusion of the Russian leader in the top 100 most influential people in the world journalists of the Time called the annexation of Crimea, Russia’s energy policy and confrontation with NATO.