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London Times Declares Putin 'Person of the Year' Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 06:54 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but he scored acclaim from the Times of London as the '2013 International Person of the Year.'

The Moscow Times reports that, "British newspaper The Times has named President Vladimir Putin its "International Person of the Year" for 2013, topping off a year that saw the Russian president's every move inspire intense scrutiny and divided opinions at home and abroad."

Putin was also hailed for rescuing the Ukraine from an economic and political collapse with a $15 billion loan to Kiev in December.

According to the Moscow Times, "Putin's crowning diplomatic success was the prevention of U.S. military intervention in Syria, the newspaper said. In brokering a deal to have the Syrian government surrender its chemical weapons to the United Nations, Putin saved face for the West while becoming, in the eyes of Arab leaders, "the man who knew how to head off Western-led regime change," The Times said."

The Times praised Putin for freeing billionaire oil tycoon Mikhail Kordokovsky and the Pussy Riot Russian pop singers.

To read the entire article from the Moscow Times, link here:

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