German monthly Cicero calls Putin Man of the Year

The German monthly magazine Cicero focusing on politics and culture has named Russian President Vladimir Putin Man of the Year, the online edition said on Thursday.

The German monthly magazine Cicero focusing on politics and culture has named Russian President Vladimir Putin Man of the Year, the online edition said on Thursday.

"One cannot but admit that Putin has managed to become a key figure in the global politics," Editor-In-Chief Christof Schwennicke said. "Nothing advances without Russia, which was proved by negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, and this becomes apparent now through the example of a war in Syria and at Vienna talks on search for a political settlement of the Syrian conflict," he said.

The journalist reminded the audience that in 2007, "the Russian president made a resounding speech at the Munich conference on security, which, however, fell on deaf ears". Putin’s speech was devoted to the place and role of Russia in the world with due regard for present-day realities and threats, and inadmissibility of one-polar model in the modern politics.

"One may not like Putin, but he must be reckoned with. More than ever before," Christof Schwennicke said.

The monthly magazine was set up in 2004 and has a circulation of about 84,000 copies.

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