TIME 100 Poll: Vladimir Putin Surges Past Emma Watson

April 6, 2015 3:57 PM

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Vladimir Putin has surged into second place in the TIME 100 poll, far surpassing other national leaders as a nominee for the most influential figure in world politics.

Russia’s bellicose president has acquired notoriety abroad and adulation at home thanks to his rumored support for Ukrainian rebels and his annexation of Crimea last year. He continues to challenge European authority in the former Soviet states, and has stood by Syrian President Bashar Assad as the ...

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