Vladimir Putin, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Russian president among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, the Russian president Vladimir Putin is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 23/08/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Putin for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 66-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Putin so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘Russian Of The Year’ by some major Russian newspapers and even ‘Saint Petersburg Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saint Petersburg (Vladimir Putin's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Vladimir Putin Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Aug 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveVladimir”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Vladimir Putin?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Aug 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Vladimir Putin?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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