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    US business magazine Forbes named Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin the most influential person in the world for the fourth time in a row.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The magazine also included US President-elect Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the list of The World's Most Powerful People, granting them the second and the third places, respectively.

    "For the fourth consecutive year, Forbes ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world's most powerful person. From the motherland to Syria to the U.S. presidential elections, Russia’s leader continues to get what he wants," the magazine said.

    The magazine ranks global state leaders, capitalists, philanthropists and entrepreneurs along four criteria. The magazine editors assess the extent and use of the person’s political power, influence and financial resources.

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