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Putin is “Person of the Year”

Posted by shadmia on December 21, 2007


President Vladimir Putin appea­red on the cover of Time this week as the magazine’s “Person of the Year,” the first Russian to hold the title since Mikhail Gorbachev was nominated twice (1987, 1989), at a time when the idea that the Soviet Union could collapse was practically unthinkable. Featuring an icy photo of Putin seated in an armchair and staring at the camera, the piece began by stating that:

“No one is born with a stare like Vladimir Putin’s. It’s a gaze that says, I’m in charge.”

See his interview with Time Magazine here

In defending its decision to name Putin “Person of the Year” Time said:

Russia is central to our world—and the new world that is being born. It is the largest country on earth; it shares a 2,600-mile (4,200 km) border with China; it has a significant and restive Islamic population; it has the world’s largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and a lethal nuclear arsenal; it is the world’s second largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia; and it is an indispensable player in whatever happens in the Middle East. For all these reasons, if Russia fails, all bets are off for the 21st century. And if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.


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