In 2022, Time released its list of the 100 most influential people and it has a surprise. In the leaders’ section, both Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin are present.
The inclusion of both leaders in the list of the 100 Most Influential may be controversial, but TIME’s Editor-in-Chief and CEO explained the election, saying: Who is the shape of the year? Who stood up? Who stands out? The effects, of course, can be for better or for worse – a dilemma is never more visible than this year’s TIME100, which includes both Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky. They are the pillars of this list, and of the moment. The Russian dictator behind a brutal war, and his enemy, the President of Ukraine, whose leadership has made him a rare heroic figure in our divided times.
President Zelensky’s article was not written by Joe Biden of the United States (who is on the list) himself. “In President Zhelensky, the people of Ukraine have leaders worthy of their courage and resilience,” he wrote. He added, “The nations of the free world, inspired by the example of President Zelensky, are more united, more determined, more purposeful than ever in our recent memory.”
The letter was written by imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently serving a nine-year sentence in the highest-security Penal Colony. Navalny talks about the duck experiment in his column, which basically means “if something looks like a duck, swims like a duck and shakes like a duck, it’s probably a duck.”
He goes on to say, “In this case (the same argument applies to Putin): If anyone destroys the independent media, organizes political assassinations and engages in his imperialist delusions, he is a madman capable of bloodshed.” 21st in the center of EuropeSt. Century
The annual list of influential people features pioneers, artists, titans, leaders and nearby icons who have made the most impact in the year.