Russian President Vladimir Putin topped the ranking of most influential people, compiled by Forbes magazine. He published on the magazine’s website.
“The Russian leader continues to get what he wants. < … > from their homeland to Syria” before “the election of the President of the United States,” points out Forbes.
Second place in this ranking took the US President-elect, Donald trump, and the third Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. In fourth place — the President of the PRC XI Jinping at the fifth — Pope Francis.
The top ten also includes head of the Federal reserve system of the USA Janet Yellen, billionaire bill gates, Google co-founder Larry page, Prime Minister Narendra modi and founder of Facebook mark Zuckerberg. Just a list of 74 people, said the magazine.
Last year the magazine also named Putin the most powerful man in the world. But then the President of Russia was not the only Russian in this rating. It also included the Chairman of the Board of the state company “Rosneft” Igor Sechin, the head of the state company “Gazprom” Alexey Miller and the head of USM Holdings Alisher Usmanov.
In second place last year was German Chancellor and the US President Barack Obama. This year Obama has occupied the 48th place ranking.
Russia entered a military operation in Syria in September 2015. In March of this year Putin instructed to begin the withdrawal of the main forces from that country. However, after that happened a few key events. March 17, the Syrian army announced that it managed to liberate the typeface from the militants of the “Islamic state” (declared a terrorist organization and prohibited in Russia). The government army said that it was done with the support of allies, including the aerospace defence forces of Russia. Yesterday, December 13, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin declared full transition of Eastern Aleppo, the largest city in Syria under the control of the Syrian government.
During the election campaign in the US, Russia accused of meddling in elections and involvement in the hacking of computer networks of the Democratic party. Moscow denied all the charges.