Russia

Putin Overtakes Obama as Forbes's "Most Powerful" Person in the World

Citing as one of the reasons the Russian president's handling of the situation in Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has knocked President Barack Obama off of the top spot on Forbes' 2013 World's Most Powerful People List.

The magazine explained Putin earned the number one ranking "because he so frequently shows his strength at home and on the global stage," citing his involvement in negotiations with Syria over chemical weapons and NSA leaker Edward Snowden's asylum in Russia. This is the first time Putin is at the top of the list, coming in third in 2012.