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LONDON, November 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who is set to return to the Kremlin in 2012 was listed by the Forbes magazine as the second most powerful man in the world. The top place went to U.S. President Barack Obama, according to the rating presented in the British capital on Wednesday.
In the previous list Obama was second and Putin – the fourth. King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud was the third.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, who topped last year rating and is to transfer his powers to a successor in a regular rotation, occupied the third place.