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Kyrgyzstan to name mountain after Putin

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

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