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Agence France Presse calls Putin most influential person of the year

December 12, 2014, 23:55 UTC+3 PARIS
The leader of 2013 ratings was a former U.S. intelligence employee Edward Snowden who found shelter in Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

PARIS, December 12 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has topped the list of “most influential people of 2014,” according to Agence France Presse news agency. About 380 journalists took part in compiling the list of most outstanding personalities of the outgoing year that the agency published on Friday.

“Vladimir Putin tops the chart of most important and influential people of 2014,” Agence France Presse said in its comment.

The list of influential people according to the French news agency also includes Pope Francis and a young Pakistani human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yusufzai; the leader of the protesters in Hong Kong Joshua Wong; schoolgirls from Nigerian district CIBC kidnapped as a result of the attacks attributed to members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram; parents of executed American journalist James Foley - Diane and John.

Agence France Press is publishing its list of influential people of 2014 for the second consecutive year. The leader of 2013 ratings was a former U.S. intelligence employee Edward Snowden who found shelter in Russia; Iranian Leader Hassan Rouhani and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yusufzai who remained on the list in 2014.

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