Politico recognizes Vladimir Putin as “loser of the year” (photo)
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A series of military failures of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine led to a drop in the rating of the head of the Kremlin not only at the international level, but also within Russia itself.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is recognized as the main loser in 2022. This is stated in the traditional rating, which was prepared by Politico.
In particular, the journalists classified Russian President Vladimir Putin in the category of “Dreamers” and left a separate note “Loser”.
Politico explains its choice by a series of military failures of the Russian army in Ukraine, which led to a drop in the rating of the head of the Kremlin not only at the international level, but also within his country.
“Putin’s decision to call up hundreds of thousands of new soldiers forced men of military age to leave the country. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, relying on territorial gains, shipments of Western weapons and captured Russian equipment, continue to build resistance. Putin has long sought to return Russia to the status of a great power that it enjoyed in the Soviet period. Instead, his invasion relegated his country to third-rate status, unable to defeat an adversary it underestimated and despised,” Politico said.
According to journalists, another world leader in the conditions of isolation and international sanctions would admit defeat and retreat. But Vladimir Putin's stubbornness means that a full-blown war is likely to drag on, sparking runaway inflation on the continent, as well as pushing up energy and fertilizer prices.
“Putin's failure to realize his dream does not mean that it will not continue to be a nightmare for its neighbors,” Politico concluded.
Note that Politico is in the same rating named Volodymyr Zelensky the most influential person in Europe in 2022. According to journalists, European leaders admire and want to emulate the President of Ukraine, because they believe that the head of state is able to move the EU in the right direction.