MOSCOW, April 18 (RIA Novosti)
Famous blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny is the only Russian who has made it onto Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Navalny, 35, has become famous for building a network to reveal the corruption of Russia’s ruling regime, “relentlessly documenting the kleptocracy case by case, with popular outrage as the result,” Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess champion, author and activist, wrote in Time.
There were an estimated 3 million internet users in Russia in 2000 when Putin took power and 35 million in 2008 when his second term ended, and today there are more than 60 million, or 44 percent of the population, the magazine said.
Time magazine does not class the 100 figures by the influence they wield or award ratings.
Other most influential people of 2012 include US President Barack Obama, his main rival in the forthcoming election Mitt Romney, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, IMF director Christine Lagarde and investor Warren Buffett.
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- WestKazakNever trust the US media01:02, 19/04/2012There is corruption in Russia just like any country. However, never trust the US media. Investigative journalism no longer exists in the mainstream US media. In the early 80's Ted Koppel of ABC said it was all about ratings. In the 90's, longtime reporter and best selling author, CBS Bernard Goldberg called the US news biased with an agenda. The US media is biased against Russia and RIANOVOSTI should ignore them. The US thinks Putin is like Stalin and all Russians are drunken atheists. I know it is not true. The US media has no respect for Russia. Remember when Georgia invaded South Ossetia? They blamed Russia for starting the war. Before and after the elections they said Putin was elected illegally without showing any pro Putin rallies or the cameras in every polling stations. In America you can vote without knowing English and without ID cards. James O'Keefe, of Project Veritas recently made a video about how easy it was to commit voter fraud in the US yet the media focuses on voter fraus in Russia, Putin as a dictator and all Russians hate Putin. People like James O'Keefe should be in charge of a network but he has to beg for money to keep his stories alive. The US is a culture upside down. I have seen it decay before my very eyes since I was young.
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