Omid Memarian

Friday, December 21, 2007

Time's man of the year: Vladimir Putin

Well, it is not the first time that Time magazine choose somebody as its man of the year who is controversial since 1927. The leader of an authoritarian regime who has been criticized for having hands in some notorious events like the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent, who was apparently poisoned and died in a London hospital where he was being treated last November, and also, the assassination of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist which took place on Saturday, 7 October 2006 . Both will never be forgotten. This recognition, however, may bring people's attention to what Putin is doing in Russian and raise lots of questions about his security oriented government and the upcoming elections in Russia.
A few weeks ago, when I watching "Czar Putin", a CNN documentary film about the Russia today, I was amazed that she was murdered at Putin's birthday, such a coincidence! Still, many questions unanswered. But, don't these killing cases seem so classic in a country like Russia?

A conversation about Time and Putin, the person of the year on Fox news: Watch it here
Here is Putin's interview with Time Magazine


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