Time Magazine 2007 Person of the Year - Vladimir Putin

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  1. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    http://www.time.com/time/specials/2...ticle/1,28804,1690753_1690757_1690766,00.html

    Putin grudgingly reveals a few personal details between intermittent bites of food: He relaxes, he says, by listening to classical composers like Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky. His favorite Beatles song is Yesterday. He has never sent an e-mail in his life. And while he grew up in an officially atheist country, he is a believer and often reads from a Bible that he keeps on his state plane. He is impatient to the point of rudeness with small talk, and he is in complete control of his own message.

    He is clear about Russia's role in the world. He is passionate in his belief that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was a tragedy, particularly since overnight it stranded 25 million ethnic Russians in "foreign" lands. But he says he has no intention of trying to rebuild the U.S.S.R. or re-establish military or political blocs. And he praises his predecessors Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev for destroying a system that had lost the people's support. "I'm not sure I could have had the guts to do that myself," he tells us. Putin is, above all, a pragmatist, and has cobbled together a system—not unlike China's—that embraces the free market (albeit with a heavy dose of corruption) but relies on a strong state hand to keep order. (much more plus pic at link)
     
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  3. Taximom

    Taximom Former Member

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    1st Runner-up: Al Gore
    2nd Runner-up: J.K. Rowling
    3rd Runner-up: Hu Jintao
    4th Runner-up: David Petraeus

    They all have their own interviews at http://www.time.com/time
     
  4. nanandjim

    nanandjim Former Member

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    Hmmm...
     
  5. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    Oh well, it least we're soooo relieved that Al Gore didn't get it.
     
  6. christine2448

    christine2448 Retired WS Staff

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    right? :cool:
     
  7. montana_16

    montana_16 Active Member

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    I don't understand your response Marthatex. Just curious.

    I think Al Gore would be a great choice. I really don't know that much about Putin though.
     
  8. close_enough

    close_enough Inactive

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    i like Al Gore...:)
    he should have been first ...
     
  9. Masterj

    Masterj Active Member

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    I am not a fan of Putin and his policies, but I guess that would be a conversation for the political pavillion.
     
  10. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    I was joking -- for all the people who wouldn't have wanted it to be Al Gore:

    What IRONY that Vladimir Putin would be chosen.

    He's powerful, smart and NOT our friend, really.
     
  11. montana_16

    montana_16 Active Member

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    Oh now I understand! Thanks Marthatex.
     
  12. Masterj

    Masterj Active Member

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    I wouldn't even say he is a friend to fellow Russians with the nonsense he demands over there.
     
  13. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    He seems to be somewhat popular with them; will be the Prime Minister now?

    I agree he's a mean snake. :(
     
  14. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    I thought you knew me by now - I neglected to put the winking smilie or whatever.
     
  15. montana_16

    montana_16 Active Member

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    Hi Marthatex! That's why I was surprised at your comment. I should have realised what you were really sayin'. Guess my mind was on "slow" at the time. lol
     

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