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Russians Believe Putin More Powerful than Obama Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Nov 7, 2014, 12:17 AM

$ 1Aaforbesputin.jpgRussian President Vladimir Putin is more powerful than President Barry Obama, says Forbes magazine. 

Ria Novosti reports that, "Russian President Vladimir Putin may appear to be more powerful than US President Barack Obama because of the differing levels of restrictions stipulated by the two countries' institutions of governance, political science experts told RIA Novosti Friday."

Joshua D. Clinton, associate professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, is quoted as saying that, "The biggest difference lies in the institutions of governance. There are more checks and balances in the United States than in Russia and that places more limits on what President Obama is able to do relative to President Putin." 

According to Ria Novosti, "Forbes named President Putin this year's most powerful person for the second year running with President Obama ranked second. The annual ranking released on Wednesday is based on votes from a panel of the journal's editors, who consider parameters like the person's scope and use of power, the number of people impacted by the person in question and financial resources. However, the countries both presidents lead operate quite differently, which may influence who is technically more powerful, according to experts."

Nevertheless, Obama may disagree b claiming that he has his White House Executive Orders "pen and phone" handy at all times.

To read the entire article from Ria Novosti, link here:

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