BAGHDAD / Obelisk: for the third year in a row, is to choose the magazine 'Forbes' on Russian President Vladimir Putin as 'the most powerful man in the world'.
According to the classification of the magazine, it has replaced the German Chancellor Angela Merkel a second, while US President Barack Obama's resolve in third place, according to AFP.
Forbes said in their justification for selected Putin that he 'continues to demonstrate that it is one of the few men in the world that he can allow himself to do what he wants', according to AFP.
The magazine pointed out that despite the sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, they did not result in the weakening of Russia, but they 'hit the ruble and Russia pushed to the shrinkage is becoming increasingly apparent. "
The popular Putin remained high in his country, according to Forbes, which indicated that what contributed to strengthening his influence in the international arena is his decision to intervene militarily in Syria.
Comparing the final classification of the most powerful leaders, Merkel has made three centers for the previous classification, while Obama dropped one place.
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