Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2022 by Time magazine. “In President Zelenskyy, the people of Ukraine have a leader worthy of their bravery and resilience, while citizens across the country…fight for their homes and freedom,” wrote US President Joe Biden. In the Russian war against his country, Zelenskyy “left his mark on history”. The supreme commander of the Ukrainian army, Valeriy Saluschnyj, also made it onto the list published on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Time list of the most influential people of the year also includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, commented on by the imprisoned Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. “Perhaps Vladimir Putin’s true mission is to teach lessons. … In 2022 he was particularly good at it,” writes Navalny for the renowned magazine. “He reminded us once again that a path that begins ‘just with a little election rigging’ always ends in dictatorship. And a dictatorship always leads to war. It’s a lesson we shouldn’t have forgotten.”