Russian comedy star Gennady Khazanov gave President Vladimir Putin a replica of Russian imperial crown on Tuesday, igniting reaction in social media where people likened Putin to a tsar.
— Jason Corcoran (@jason_corcoran) December 1, 2015
Putin received Khazanov on the comedian’s 70th birthday and presented him a cookbook as he is a graduate of a culinary school.
In turn, Khazanov took out a replica of Russian imperial crown that he brought as a gift for Putin.
For Order of Merit for Fatherland dude (Khazanov) presented to Putin copy of imperial crown All Russia in 1 photo)) pic.twitter.com/6yd16swERX
— Viktoria (@Ukropo4kA) December 1, 2015
Putin took the crown and put it on Khazanov’s head as a gesture saying “As you are the hero of the day today, not me, it should fit you.”
...Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) puts the replica of the Russian imperial crown on Gennady Khazanov pic.twitter.com/s7xaF0KMET
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The imperial crown was used by the Russian tsars until the abolition of monarchy in Russia with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
In an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS News Putin had said the tsar is not a fitting label for him, despite many people call him that.