According to the US business magazine published on Wednesday, Putin moved two places from last year's rating, while US President Barack Obama dropped one place to the second position.

"Putin has solidified his control over Russia while Obama's lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier than usual. Anyone watching this year's chess match over Syria and National Security Agency leaks has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamics," the magazine said.

According to Alexei Pushkov, head of the International Committee of the State Duma, or lower house of the Russian parliament, the Forbes list reflects the place Russia occupies in world affairs.

"Putin's first place and Obama's second speak about the role of Russia in changing the world," Pushkov said in his Twitter post on Thursday.

The 72-name list includes three more Russians: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (53), head of Rosneft oil company Igor Sechin (60) and businessman Alisher Usmanov (63). Forbes first published the list in 2009, based on influence and financial resources.

(Agencies)

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