Russia bashers eat crow as Putin wins Time Magazine poll



… from  Russia Today,  Moscow


"Here's looling at ya."
“Here’s looking at ya.”

[ Editor’s Note: I had a good feeling about this, but suspicious me, I felt that since electronic voting booths can be rigged then so can polls that someone would consider important to the national security.

Of course with Putin having won Man of the Year in Russia for 15 straight years, one might be suspicious of the same claim there.

But his current poll numbers bear his popularity out, which are running in the 88% range despite the US and Western color revolution best efforts to do their little divide and conquer number.

Western media did their best to hide Putin’s stratospheric popularity in their assigned propaganda task of demonizing Russia and Putin over the Ukrainian Western coup , replacing the Iran nuclear weapons threat hoax with the new Russian Bear threat one.

Lavrov - He an Putin are considered to be the best team on the planet
Lavrov and Putin are considered to be the best team on the planet

As I have so often editorialized, the biggest threat to our national security comes from treasonous cliques within our own ranks and their recent marriage over that last decade into the international corporate crime syndicates.

Their joining forces has priced winning an election as virtually impossible for anyone not willing to kiss their ring.

I have been waiting for a major poll to be done on these respected world leaders, but gosh, no media seems to be interested in doing that one, like it might tee off the power structures in their respective countries. We all know who would win, and also for the most respected foreign minister.

We are not really biased here at VT. It is just a simple observation to us… it is Putin and Lavrov all the way. No one can touch them and they own this piece of history, something that the spinmeisters cannot lay a glove on.

Now let us sit back and watch the mainstream media editorializing on this. But I wanted to get something up quickly today. And yes, I like the guy. I like them both because they are the real deal, in an arena where the competition is not very toughJim W. Dean ]


Some tried to make a cartoons of his mythical attraction...but he has proven his mettle
Some tried to make a cartoon of his mythical attraction…but he has proven his mettle

 –  First published  …  April 14, 2015 


In a diverse field of competitors made up of pop stars, technology gurus, visionaries and politicians – and at a time when US-Russia relations have hit rock bottom – President Putin has emerged victorious in Time magazine’s 2015 reader poll.

Among the 100 most influential people in the world, as hand selected by the editors of TIME, the Russian leader proved his rock-star credentials by edging out 24-year-old rapper Lee Chae-rin (better known by her stage name, ‘CL’) of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1 to claim the number-one spot with 6.95 percent of the votes in the final tally.

Putin – the only world leader to rank in the top 10 – grabbed the global spotlight from the leading divas of pop music: Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift (2.6 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent of the votes, respectively). Aside from the Russian leader, the only non-celebrities to appear in the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7 percent), Pakistani female activist Malala Yousafzai (1.6 percent) and Pope Francis (1.5 percent).

President Barack Obama narrowly missed the top 10 with 1.4 percent of the votes, while First Lady Michele Obama attracted 1.2 percent.

Putin’s victory appears all the more incredible when you realize that more than half the votes — 57.38 percent — were cast inside the United States, according to TIME (voters representing Canada and the United Kingdom followed with 5.54 percent and 4.55 percent, respectively). The percentage of votes that were cast from Russia has not yet been disclosed.
The Russian leader dominated the charts at a time of unprecedented tensions between Moscow and the West.

US-Russia relations suffered a major setback on November 21, 2013, when then Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich suspended plans for the implementation of an ‘association agreement’ with the European Union, showing a preference for closer Russian relations. This decision triggered violent Maidan protests in the capital Kiev, which eventually led to Yanukovich being forced to flee the country in February 2014.

Since then, Putin has steered his country through the rocks of major events, including a reunification with the Crimea Peninsula after a March 16 referendum, which saw an overwhelming number of people voting for it, and subsequent imposition of Western sanctions against Russian individuals and companies.

In 2007 it was Man or the Year
In 2007… it was Man of the Year

Meanwhile, Putin and the Russian economy seem to be weathering out the storm of Western sanctions, imposed in response to the Crimean referendum, as the ruble has bounced back from record lows against the dollar and the Russian stock market is one of the year’s top performers.

At the same time, European leaders are cautiously optimistic that the Minsk-II agreement, hammered out between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine on February 11, 2015, will keep the peace between pro-Kiev forces and rebels in the east of the country.

While it is doubtful that TIME magazine will argue on behalf of Putin’s handling of the Ukrainian crisis, which many commentators in the West predicted would spell the end of the Russian economy, not to mention its leader, one thing that is indisputable is Putin’s incredible staying power.

In fact, this is not the first time Putin has taken top honors in a TIME-sponsored contest. In 2007, Putin was named ‘Person of the Year.’ The popular American magazine summarized its decision for choosing Putin with the explanation:

“With dauntless persistence, a sharp vision of what Russia should become and a sense that he embodied the spirit of Mother Russia, Putin has put his country back on the map. And he intends to redraw it himself.”

But perhaps the world is only now beginning to understand what Russians have understood for many years. In December, Vladimir Putin, 62, was named Russia’s “Man of the Year” for an incredible 15th successive year. His approval rating – hovering in the stratosphere around 88 percent – is something most world leaders can only dream of.

As the TIME poll indicates, Vladimir Putin – love him or loathe him – is in a political class all by himself. The reader’s poll stopped calculating votes at 11:59 pm EST on April 10. The full list of TIME 100 winners will appear on newsstands on April 16.

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  1. Looking at the blogs and threads in various publications on the net and in print, Vlad the Lad Putin was always going to win! The Obozo, John Forbes Cohen team in the US does not even register, is an insignificant blip on the worlds diplomatic seismic monitor ! America confuses its military power with a sign of respect, no one has any respect for Americans, the world looks at the USA as a nation of dumb stupid animals! that view of the USA is particularly prevalent in the European population! My advice to the US is get your military out of Europe whilst you can in relative peace, because in the next few years military force will be used to push you out!

  2.  American People! Supporting President Putin, shows “Your Eyes are Wide Open & Smarter than EU.”

     Russian People! The “World Thanks You” for “Supporting With All Your Heart” President Putin.
     Russian People! Hang in there ‘THINGS WILL GET BETTER” & soon you will be the Envy of the World.
     President Putin is: The Very Best World Leader, Cool Headed, who looks at the Bigger Picture, Kind, Generous, Understanding, Visionary, along with his Brilliant, Wise & the Best Former Diplomat & Current Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
     As long as Russia & China follow their “World Peaceful Mission” we will not have WW-3.
     As for Crimea Peninsula, not only it was Russian’s Peninsula to begin with, if USA faced with an “Enemy Next Door,” we would have done the same.

  3. Good article. You might note that Putin also made The 2015 Barnes Review ‘Man of the Year.’ Visit their website for article/details.

    Germany, as opposed the vileness of the so-called “Weimar Republic,” and Russia as opposed to the satanic/talmudic stench called the “Soviet Union,” are fundamentally Christian nations. The common enemy will do everything possible to keep them essentially Godless (i.e. “democratic”)

  4. Round 1 went to Dubya but round 2 has been all Putin. The “New American Century” may have even been staggered, maybe a 2 point round. Look for Jeb to come out of the corner for round 3…

  5. emasculated poltroons…

    Exactly, and over ninety percent of Americans agree. The next step is educating our fellow Americans to political reality–that these paid flunkies are cheap public theater, a mere conduit through which bills written by AIPAC and Wall St, for example, are sent for enforcement by bureaucrats in the departments and alphabets who are the real government. The immoral, human filth in congress and the WH, whom most of us wouldn’t allow in our homes, do as they’re told when they’re told to do it, and are every bit as much our enemy as the detested elites they grovel before.

  6. Mr. Friedman, chief of Stratfor, recently held a speech at an important Think Tank, the Chicago Council. In Europe, especially in Germany, it found it’s way into the Bundestag. His speech was an – unnoticed by most – absolute turning point and the german female delegate who cited him, was cut off the mcrophone.

    She spoke the truth, because she only cited Mr. Friedman. He said, that for at least 100 years now, Amerikas aim was to never allow a stable relationship between Russia and Germany, because this would be the only constellation which would challenge American dominance an (old english philosophy).

    He has said, that US politicians don’t speak with european politicians, they only speak with english, spanish, italian politicians, because there is no such thing as an european politician. You get it?

    Putin, 2 days later answered in front of many hundred people, many western journalist openly, with no script even the toughest political questions in an open way, which is unimaginable for any politician in the western world. So Jim, this is the answer behind all this miracle. People are not sheeple, as some from our midst always like to tell us.

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