The American magazine Time awarded Vladimir Zelensky the title of Personality of the Year, while noting that he shows authoritarian inclinations and imprisons his political opponents.
And the magazine published on its Twitter account: “Man of the Year 2022 – Vladimir Zelensky.”
To learn about Zelensky’s character, the magazine interviewed Zelensky on the way to Kherson.
According to the journalist who wrote the article, Zelensky, before becoming president, was touched when he read a book about Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and one of the founders of the Singapore “economic miracle”, and he was known to wage a “brutal war against corruption.”
The journalist pointed out that critics accuse Zelensky of manifesting authoritarian tendencies, depriving representatives of the oligarchic class of power and imprisoning his political opponents, whom he considers traitors.
In addition, according to the journalist, Zelensky is often compared to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, although Zelensky does not like such a comparison. Rather, he prefers to compare him to writer George Orwell and actor-director Charlie Chaplin.
Speaking about the heroes and the atmosphere that influenced him, the journalist wrote that Zelensky grew up on Soviet comedies, and his heroes were Soviet directors like Leonid Gaidai. According to Zelensky, these were the classics of his era at that time.
Time magazine first launched its Man of the Year competition in 1927. That year’s Person of the Year was Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and over the years American presidents, Soviet leaders, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. , German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and businessman Elon Musk were named Person of the Year.
But sometimes the choice of the magazine was not clear, for example, in 1938 the magazine chose Adolf Hitler as Person of the Year.
Source: RIA Novosti.