The Kyrgyzstan Parliament voted nearly unanimously Thursday to name a mountain in the Tian Shan range as the "Peak of Vladimir Putin," Agence France-Presse reported.
The Associated Press noted that the mountaintop honor may be designed to generate good will toward the former Soviet country that could bring generous subsidies from Russia.
Not every Kyrgyz leader was on board with naming a peak after Putin, and some said the honor should be reserved for only the country's citizens. "We all respect Vladimir Putin as a strong politician, and Russia ... as a strategic partner. But to name a mountain ... is a wrong decision," said Kamchibek Tashiev, head of the ruling coalition party Ata-Zhurt, according to the Xinhua News Agency. "Why not to name the mountain tops after our great compatriots, such as Chingiz Aitmatov, Suimenkul Chokmorov? I think it would be better to give Mr. Putin the Order of the Manas, or the title of Hero of Kyrgyzstan."
The Russian prime minister has yet to publicly comment on his new peak.