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Vladimir Putin named Russia's 'Man of the Year' for 15th-straight time

Congratulations to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been named his nation's "Man of the Year" for the 15th year in a row, according to Interfax.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents picked Putin from a slate of public figures and politicians. No other candidate cracked five percent.

Putin, who has led Russia as prime minister or president since 1999, has coincidentally come out on top in the survey every year during that reign. He won a third presidential term in 2012 in an election international observers claimed was deeply fraudulent.