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Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." This article is adapted from the conclusion of "The Most Powerful Man in the World," which airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
(CNN)In my latest documentary, we describe Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world. But why? After all, the United States -- and China, for that matter -- are more powerful countries than Russia.