Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, ex-head of Mejlis and people’s deputy of Ukraine Mustafa Jemilev and head of the Committee of Muslims of Crimea Emirali Ablayev are included into the list of 200 most influential Ukrainians made up by Focus magazine. Thus, Chubarov is number 100 in the list, Jemilev- is the 113th and Ablayev- is the 110th.
The current rating of Focus magazine is unprecedented. For the first time it is headed not by the President of the country but by true holders of power- the citizens of Ukraine. Thousands of Ukrainians are holding rallies on the Maidan; they do not just complain but want to change their future. Some of them protest suspension of Euro integration; others support the current government. But those are people, who are making the history.
Focus is not the first edition, which in similar projects brings to the first place not a real person, but a collective image. The Time magazine in 2003 named an American Soldier a person of the year, in 2006- it was An Internet User and in 2011- The Protester.
Ukrainian opposition leaders strengthened their positions in the rating. Thus, Arseniy Yatsenuk is the 14th, Vitaliy Klitschko is the 16th, and Oleg Tyahnibok is the 30th in the list.
As for Yulia Tymoshenko, the informal leader of the united opposition, even sitting behind bars, has an impact on the political processes and the mood of the country. She is number 5 in the list.
Affinity and loyalty to the current government have not lost their strength. The older son of President Yanukovych took the 4th place in the list; Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov is number 6.
The country’s richest man Rinat Akhmetov occupies the 3d position in the list.
Overall, the rating is an illustration of the fact that influence in Ukraine is primarily conditioned by occupied positions. Among the 200 list participants, nearly two-thirds are officials: deputies, judges, law enforcers. Unfortunately, pubic figures, writers, scientists and media representatives occupy very modest places in the ratings. There are only 39 of them in the list.