Some of Vladimir Putin's hard-line allies in the Kremlin have suggested referring to him as 'our ruler' because 'President' sounds too western.
Russia is in the process of finding substitutes for products, brands and words from the West because of heavy sanctions for their invasion of Ukraine, and Putin's desire to be more insular.
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) has suggested the use of Pravitel, a Russian title, because 'president' was only picked up towards the fall of the Soviet Union, when Mikhail Gorbachev was in power.
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The Telegraph reports that the fact that the use of the word president came from the US in the 18th century doesn't sit well wil Putin.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the government’s official newspaper, reported in January 2020 that Putin possibly taking on the “supreme leader” title was one of about 700 possible constitutional amendments put forward by a government commission, intent on shaking up the 1993 constitution.
“Right now all this is at the discussion stage,” said Pavel Krasheninnikov, the commission’s co-chairman.
Back then, Putin personally chose 75 people to put forward amendments to the country’s constitution.
Only 11 members of the commission had a legal background and it included Vladimir Mashkov, an actor who played a Russian intelligence agent in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and Yelena Isinbayeva, a former Olympic pole vaulter.
This time around, LDPR, the right-wing party which has 22 seats out of the 450 in the country's parliament, is calling for the change to be made.
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It was founded by far-right politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, known for provocative stunts and anti-Western tirades that kept him in the public eye for more than three decades.
Some theorised that some of Zhirinovsky’s outlandish proposals were trial balloons planted by a Kremlin looking to test the waters before adopting them itself.
The 75-year-old died in a Moscow hospital in early April, and Putin attended his funeral later on, such were his Kremlin ties.
The politician made headlines in February 2022 after correctly predicting the exact date of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a speech made on December 27, 2021.
Speaking in December, Zhirinovsky said: "At 4am on February 22, you will feel [our new policy]. I would like 2022 to be a peaceful year.
"But I love the truth, for 70 years I have been telling the truth. It will not be peaceful.
"It will be a year when Russia becomes great again."
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