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Vladimir Putin dominates reader’s choice poll for TIME’s Person of the Year

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with French Senate President at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 5, 2016. / AFP / POOL / Ivan Sekretarev (Photo credit should read IVAN SEKRETAREV/AFP/Getty Images)

Every year, TIME magazine’s Person of the Year issue (called Man of the Year until 1999) features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that has done the most to influence the events of the year, going back to 1927.

This year, Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a pack of the world’s movers and shakers with 37% – trailed by second place runner-up, British Prime Minister Theresa May and third place U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at 16% and 13% respectively.

Since 1998, the magazine holds online polls for readers to vote for who they believe to be Person of the Year, but ultimately, the decision lies with TIME’s editors.

TIME, along with other “real” news sites, recently wrote an article, showing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in first place, trailed by Wikileaks’ editor Julian Assange and Donald Trump. What are the chances TIME and other “real” news sources write an exposé on Vladimir Putin winning in a landslide?

If TIME magazine’s editors do decide to follow the people’s vote and select Vladimir Putin as their ‘Person of the Year’ (don’t hold your breath), then it will be the Russian President’s second time receiving the honor since 2007.

Below are the results thus far – and scroll down to vote for who YOU believe should be TIME’s Person of the Year.

Voting on the reader’s choice poll ends December 4th, at 11:59 p.m. EST and TIME’s Person of the Year will be revealed on December 7th.


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