Does Vladimir Putin Talk Just Like a Czar?

Czar Alexander I Photograph by Heritage Images/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been compared to many things, including Stalin, Hitler, and Ivan the Terrible (all too harsh), as well as a certain Ukrainian dog (uncanny). But the most intriguing analog may be to the erratic, ultimately reactionary Czar Alexander I, who ruled Russia from 1801 to 1825 and was styled “Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias.”

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