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It is Putin and Obama who influence the world2009-11-12 21:00
American business magazine Forbes has published the list of the most influential people of the world. Leaders of the two currently "reloading" states, Russia and the USA that used to be severe rivals in the past have got into the first trio: Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin occupies the third place, while the president of the USA is the leader of the rating. They are separated by President of P.R.C. Hu Jintao; he represents the country with the most dynamic economic development which is soon going to compete with the dollar.
The Forbes magazine is recognized as the most influential magazine in the world; what kind of criteria did it use in its rating? By the way, the magazine has gained global recognition not only due to its bold investigations but also due to publishing various lists and ratings, which objectiveness is hardly ever doubted. The greatest popularity among them was gained by the list of the richest people of the world and the above rating of the most influential people on the planet.
Thus, according to the media, the candidates for the positions of the world's most influential leaders were selected on the basis of four criteria. First, it was the scope in a candidate's influence that counted. The authors of the rating also paid attention to the volume of financial resources being under the candidates' control. According to periodical gzt.ru, an important meaning is given to such indicator as the popularity of a candidate's influence in various fields of activity. The final criterion considers the level of activity of using one's power.
As the experts say, this last point was decisive for naming Putin among the "powerful trio". For instance, Forbes refers to Vladimir Vladimirovitch as to the "Russian sovereign". According to the magazine, this fact is proven by the way Vladimir Putin "throws tycoons in jail, brings his troops into the neighboring countries and shuts off gas delivery to Europe from time to time". Thus, it turns out that the acts of the Russian prime minister, which attracted severe and not always objective criticism from abroad, do not scare the West away: on the contrary, they seem to be attractive. It should also be noted that in 2008 another American magazine Vanity Fair rated Putin as the most influential man of the world.
As to the leadership of the U.S. President Barack Obama, according to the foreign journalists, this was a unanimous decision. He has already managed to win the Nobel Prize during his presidency; besides, according to the Time magazine, he also became the Man of the Year 2008.