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Held in high regard: Kyrgyzstan names peak after Putin

Published time: March 14, 2011 14:28
Edited time: March 14, 2011 20:35

Vladimir Putin has reached a new high-point in his life. Kyrgyzstan’s President has signed a decree naming one of the country’s mountains after the Russian Prime Minister.

The 4,446-meter tall peak is part of the Alatau mountain range in the country’s north and currently has no official name.

The parliament approved on Thursday the idea proposed in December 2010 by the administration of the region where the mountain is located, to name it after Putin.

Kyrgyzstan already has a mountain named after former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

Vladimir Putin has already lent his name to a major street in the Chechen capital Grozny, in 2008, albeit unwillingly. In a comment voiced by his spokesman, he said he disapproves of such initiatives, but such decisions can be taken without his consent.