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Call Putin 'ruler' rather than 'president', say his allies

Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s loyalists have suggested that he be called ‘ruler’ instead of ‘president’.

Russia is believed to be considering substituting words and phrases it believes are from the West, in response to the invasion of Ukraine earlier in the year.

According to the Kremlin, the idea of calling the Russian president ruler is “new”, but the Kremlin does not have a position on the matter.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), which is traditionally loyal to Russia, said that it was important to consider the renaming the presidential term.

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According to the LDPR’s press service in the Russian lower house, the Tass news agency was informed by the LDPR: “Although amendments to the Russian constitution are not currently on the agenda, we insist that it is crucial to name the country’s main post in Russia.

“We offer two options: either a leader or a head-of-state.”

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, told Tass that it was a new idea. This matter is not under discussion.

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Nord Stream pipeline shut down as European gas supply worries grow

This comes as the largest single pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to Europe was shut down on Monday for “annual maintenance”. There were concerns that it could be misused to harm economies and raise prices further.

Nord Stream 1’s gas flow is expected to cease for 10 days. However, there are concerns across governments as well as markets that the shutdown may be extended beyond that period.

Europe is concerned Russia may also limit European gas supplies to prevent plans to stockpile winter fuel.

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Peskov denied that Russia was using oil and natural gas to exert political pressure. He said that the maintenance shut down was a scheduled event that happens regularly and that no one is “inventing” repairs.

Other large pipelines connect Russia and Europe, but the flows are slowly declining.

One gas transit route was blocked by Ukraine in May. It blamed Russian occupation forces for the interference.

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