Putin topples Obama in Forbes most influential people of the year list

Russian President Vladimir Putin tops this year's Forbes list of the world's most powerful people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin tops this year's Forbes list of the world's most powerful people.

The magazine named Putin as the world's most powerful figure among heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs.

U.S. President Barack Obama comes second, followed by Chinese President Xi-Jinping, Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the top five rungs on the 72-name list.

Kremlin has declined to comment on Forbes magazine's putting Putin at the top of its 2013 World's Most Powerful People list.

"Let others make comments and assessments," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax.

Peskov said he didn't know what Putin thought of topping the list but that the president "isn't fussed about things like that." Asked whether Putin had been congratulated by any of the other people on the list, Peskov said this was not normal practice.

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