Columnist: Taylor Swift Is More Powerful Than Vladimir Putin

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We know Taylor Swift has fans everywhere in the world, and that apparently includes Ukraine. Just ask The New York Times.

Nicholas Kristof, a Times columnist with ties to Ukraine, recently visited his dad’s hometown, Karapchiv.

“The kids here learn English and flirt in low-cut bluejeans,” Kristof wrote.

“They listen to Rihanna, AC/DC and Taylor Swift. They have crushes on George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, watch ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’ and play Grand Theft Auto. The school has computers and an Internet connection, which kids use to watch YouTube and join Facebook.”

In short, the kids are more Western than they are Russian, Kristof writes. And in the ongoing battle between the U.S. and Russia’s leader, Vladamir Putin, over the future of Ukraine, Kristof has a theory.

“Ukraine faces difficult times ahead, but tectonic forces are propelling it westward. In the battle between Putin and Taylor Swift, I bet on Swift.”

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