Russia has left China behind to become the world's second strongest power, according to the rating of US News & World Report that was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In the new rating, Russia was ranked second in the world for its military power and influence on world politics. The United States is ranked first; the fourth position went to Germany, and the fifth - to the UK.
In addition, the ranking of US News & World Report put Russia on the tenth position in terms of economic growth.
In addition, Russia was ranked 33rd on the criterion "social obligations of the state," 25th - on the "cultural impact," 20th - on business environment and 19th - on "historical heritage."
In the overall standings of best countries in the world, Russia took the 24th place.
Noteworthy, Bloomberg's ranking of innovative economies put Russia on the 12th position.
In Doing Business rating, Russia takes the 51st place. Last year, our country was 62nd and came 92nd in 2013.
According to Legatum Institute, Russia improved performance in the ranking of affluent countries. The country was ranked 58th among 142 other countries, having climbed ten steps up. The ranking is based on eight indicators: economy, business and opportunity, governance, education, health, security, personal freedom and social capital."
Earlier, Bloomberg experts concluded that "the Russian market became the most profitable market for investors in 2015 among BRICS countries.
Noteworthy, the rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin still remains stable despite the global crisis, the collapse of the Russian ruble, falling oil prices and Western sanctions. According to the Public Opinion, Vladimir Putin's electoral rating was at around 74% as of January 16, 2016.
The head of the fund, Alexander Oslon, said that most Russian people see Putin as a national savior. Putin's electoral rating is also very high. Most Russians said that they would vote for Putin if the election were held on Sunday.
According to Oslon, Putin's rating changes depending on a number of factors. However, the mass perception of Putin as the new leader is associated with the fact that 1999 became the year, when elderly Russians started receiving their pensions without delays for the first time in years.
Afterwards, from 2004 to 2008, a completely new consumer environment was created. The Russians renewed their home appliances, many bought cars, salaries were raised, career became possible, and many young people received an incentive to study. The middle class was formed. "Putin's rating is still under protection. Post-Crimean emotions and the feeling that Putin can withstand the crisis is a protective barrier," Oslon said.
"People not just approve, but infinitely and strongly approve the reunification with the Crimea. In our questions about the Crimea, our respondents do not say thank you for the Crimea - they say thank you for Russia," he added.
When it comes to the crisis, people do not complain about Putin, because the crisis comes from the outside. Sanctions against Russia are seen as a real hostile act from the West. And if it is a hostile act, the defender is Putin," he concluded.
Putin electorate rating (74%) and rating of trust (85%) are still stable and high.
"Everything in the world comes to an end. The real state of affairs in Russia has been worsening, so the scales are moving. The current economic crisis may last long, and the public opinion may change. At the same time, Putin's rating may fall only after everything else falls," Alexander Oslon said.
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