Absolute Power

I was watching the CNN documentary on Russia’s Vladimir Putin entitled The Most Powerful Man in the World the other day, and I must say the investigative report was both provocative and scary to say the very least.

I had very little interest in Putin until very recently when his name kept being mentioned in news reports tied to the alleged fraudulent US elections that saw Hillary Clinton lose majestically to Donald Trump. Like most people, it was hard for me to believe that Clinton could lose to someone like her politically inexperienced and fabulously bigoted adversary. I could not understand how someone half a world away could possibly manipulate an entire electoral process, and of the most powerful nation on earth at that. Of course, our very own President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself has been very vocal about his deep admiration for the Russian head of state.

The world’s most powerful person for four years running, Putin has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe; from the motherland to Syria to the U.S. presidential elections, Putin continues to get what he wants.

Just who is Vladimir Putin?

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the current President of Russia, holding the office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012.

Born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Putin studied German in high school and speaks the language fluently. He studied Law at the Saint Petersburg State University, graduating in 1975. Putin was a KGB Foreign Intelligence Officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin’s administration, rising quickly through the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned.

The world’s most powerful person for four years running, Putin has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe; from the motherland to Syria to the U.S. presidential elections, Putin continues to get what he wants.

Unconstrained by conventional global norms, his reach has magnified in recent years. In 2016, Russian hackers were accused of tapping into email accounts owned by members of the U.S. Democratic Party in a bid to aid the campaign of Donald Trump, who has regularly praised Putin’s leadership style. The Kremlin denies the charges, and President-elect Trump has also dismissed the possibility of outsiders tampering in the election, despite a reported CIA memo suggesting otherwise. Either way, with a likely ally entering the White House, Putin’s power may go largely unchecked for years to come.

Sources: CNN, wikipedia.com, forbes.com

 

 

 

 

 

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