The new government of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has planned to name a mountain after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The peak, which is 4,446m (14,586ft) tall, is in Chuy region in the north.

The move must be approved by parliament. But Mr Putin would not be the first Russian leader to have his own Kyrgyz Mountain.

Late President Boris Yeltsin had a 3,500m peak near Lake Issyk-kul named after him in 2002. The founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, has the tallest one - a 7,134m-high peak on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. Kyrgyzstan has also named a mountain after Santa Claus, in a bid to boost tourism.

According to Kyrgyz media reports, Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev signed the draft law to name Vladimir Putin Peak late last year. Parliament is expected to pass it in the near future.


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