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Russian Putin rejects ‘tsar’ label

Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that by no means does he consider himself to be a tsar. Tass reported.

Among the historic Tsars in Russian history was Tsar Nicholas II, crowned ruler of Russia in the old Ouspensky Cathedral in Moscow who was forced to abdicate the throne by the Petrograd insurgents, and a provincial government installed in his place.

Tsar Nicholas II, who was the last Tsar was unable to rule effectively. He made poor decisions that led to worsening relations with the government and increased hardship for civilians and soldiers alike. Nicholas refused to accept any reduction in the absolute power he held.

Putin, in his TASS interview for the project entitled "20 Questions with Vladimir Putin", asserted that a tsar merely issues orders, while the president works every day. "A tsar is one who just sits there, looks down from above and says: ‘They will do as I order’, while he just tries on a cap and looks at himself in the mirror," he said.

President Putin, who has spent 20 years holding the highest-ranking posts in the Russian government, confessed it had never occurred to him that his stay at the helm of power would last so long. "It never crossed my mind. I never thought that I would wind up here. That never would have occurred to me," he said.

About the possibility of dropping out of the race at some point, Putin said he felt "responsible for what is going on, and for what will happen in the future." He added that in 2008, he did not have the slightest idea that in four years’ time he would occupy the presidential office again, although he did not exclude that possibility altogether.

Episode 17 of the video interview with TASS is available HERE

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