The Debate

Putin's World: Russian president’s annual news conference (part 1)

President Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia as either president or prime minister for the past 16 years, addressed a Moscow conference hall packed with some 1,400 Russian and foreign journalists for his annual news conference. And when the leader, voted for three consecutive years by Forbes Magazine the "World's Most Powerful Man" speaks, the whole world listens. After 16 years at the head of the country, how to explain Vladimir Putin’s popularity?