Ian Bremmer, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian media looking glass

From FP Passport Fri Jan 4 2013, 16:28:17

ForeignPolicy.com is getting a little more .ru traffic today, since the Russian media seems to have picked up on Ian Bremmer's list of the world's most powerful people. The Eurasia Group President's tongue-in-cheek post on the organization's FP blog, The Call lists "nobody" as the world's most powerful person -- no surprise to regular Bremmer readers -- and Russian President Vladimir Putin at no. 2. But Bremmer's write-up isn't exactly complimentary: 

In Russia's personalized system, this is still the person who counts. He isn't as popular as he used to be, and his country has no Soviet-scale clout or influence, but no one on the planet has consolidated more domestic and regional power than Putin. 

But in Russia's state-controlled media, an FP blogger noting that Russia's political system has no checks or balances became Foreign Policy magazine bestowing an honor on Putin. Here's the wire service ITAR-TASS:

Foreign Policy magazine names Putin as most influential politician

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