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PUTIN’S POWER: For the third year in a row, the Russian leader dominates the list as the world’s most powerful person


The influential American magazine Forbes prepared a new list of the most influential people of 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin became the most influential man of the year for the third time, followed by German Chancellor Angel Merkel and US President Barack Obama.

“Putin continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants and get away with it,” the magazine wrote.

According to the journalist, the sanctions imposed against Russia after the secession of Crimea weakened the ruble and drove Russia into a deep recession. However, the negative trend has not affected Putin’s popularity whose approval ratings stood at 89% in June 2015. Moreover, in early October, Russia launched a military operation in Syria that weakened NATO and US positions in the region and strengthened Russia’s influence abroad.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked second and became “the most powerful woman” in the world. According


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