Person of the yearWednesday, December 19, 2007 at 21:39 | Posted in russia | 1 Comment
Time magazine has named the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin person of the year. Managing editor Richard Stendel writes:
At significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize, he has performed an extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and brought Russia back to the table of world power.
Some stability indeed! Former chess World champion Garry Kasparov comments:
First let there be no misunderstanding about what this award is supposed to represent. According to TIME, it is for the person who “has done the most to change the news, for better or for worse.” Obviously Putin has been in the news a great deal in 2007, and it’s clear that the direction he has moved my country has been “for worse” both for Russians and for the international community.
Read all of Gasparov’s comment in The Other Russia.