Volodymyr Zelensky has been named Time magazine’s man of the year. According to the weekly, the Ukrainian president showed “contagious courage”. As the editorial office writes, this year’s choice did not raise any doubts. “He was the clearest we can remember.”
According to Time magazine, “Zelensky’s success as a wartime leader is due to his contagious courage.” “It spread through the political leadership of Ukraine in the first days of the invasion, when everyone realized that the president was nearby,” it was pointed out. “Time” emphasizes that Zelensky did not evacuate war-torn Ukraine. not to flee Kiev, but to stay and seek support for Ukraine, was decisive.”
“Zelensky’s biography does not indicate his willingness to fight. He has never served in the army and has shown no interest in these matters. He has only been president since April 2019,” Time reported. He adds that working as an actor helped Zelenskiy maintain his composure even under pressure. “He knew how to understand the gathered people, react to their moods and expectations. Now the whole world became his audience” – it was emphasized.
Vote for man of the year
Voting for Time magazine’s man of the year began on November 27. Zelensky was in the lead from the very beginning, eventually reaching 24 percent. votes. Behind him were women protesters in Iran (16%) and singer Taylor Swift (10%). However, the vote was non-binding, and the final decision belonged to Time journalists anyway.
The title of man of the year has been awarded by the editors of Time magazine at the end of each calendar year since 1927. It is to indicate the special influence of a selected person or people on world events – as the weekly emphasizes, the influence is “good or bad”.