MOSCOW, November 4. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin for the third time in a row topped the ranking of the most influential people in the world by Forbes magazine. The annual rating is published on the website of the American edition.
The journal notes that, despite Western sanctions and economic recession in Russia, the support rating of the President has reached a record high.
Second place went to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who in 2014 was on the fifth place ranking. On the third place from the second moved U.S. President Barack Obama.
In addition to Putin, Russia in the ranking are three people: the President of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin (47), the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller (54th place) and Alisher Usmanov (67th place).
The Russian leader landed in the bottom three the most influential people in the world in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 he in the status of the Prime Minister was on the second line of the list, in 2012 he gave the silver to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The ranking of TIME magazine
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in April 2015 was included in the annual ranking of the 100 most influential people in the world, compiled by the editors of the American magazine TIME.
Short essay on the Russian leader wrote for the journal of the American expert Ian Bremmer, who heads the consulting firm Eurasia Group. “The President of Russia is significant in any time, because no one in the world has achieved such prestige in the country, so important to international politics and the global economy,” notes Bremmer.