Russian President Vladimir Putin topped Forbes’ 2013 ranking of the world’s most powerful people on Wednesday, pushing US President Barack Obama into second position for the first time in three years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin climbed to the top of Forbes’ ranking of the world’s most powerful people on Wednesday, stripping US President Barack Obama of the title.
It is the first time in three years that the US president has dropped to second place on the magazine’s list, and comes as US-Russia relations hit a new low.
Putin, who has enjoyed 13 years of dominant rule over Russia, was again elected president in March 2012.
Obama, on the other hand, has just emerged scathed from an embarrassing 16-day US government shutdown caused by a budget and debt crisis in Washington.
“Putin has solidified his control over Russia, while Obama’s lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier…
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