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The Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the representatives of former Soviet republics eight rings at an informal meeting of the community of independent states (GUS) and thus speculation with regard to any parallel to the fantasy trilogy " Lord of the rings "triggered. Commentators moved parallels to J.R.R. Tolkien's book, in which the bad ruler Sauron gives away nine rings to human rulers, who then become his servants.

Der russische Präsident Putin hat bei einem informellen Treffen der Gemeinschaft Unabhängiger Staaten (GUS) den Vertretern früherer Sowjetrepubliken acht Ringe geschenkt und damit Spekulationen hinsichtlich etwaiger Parallelen zur Fantasy-Trilogie © Konstantin Zavrazhin The Russian President Putin gave the representatives of former Soviet republics eight rings at an informal meeting of the community of independent states (GUS) and thus triggered speculations with regard to any parallels to the fantasy trilogy "Lord of the Rings".

at the GUS meeting on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin presented the heads of state of Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan with a golden ring with the inscription "Happy New Year 2023" and the GuS- Emblem. A ninth ring went to Putin himself. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskow said that Putin would not wear his ring.

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Kremlin critic, especially in Ukraine, compared Putin with Gollum, a figure corrupted by an additional ring of Sauron, and the Ukrainian president Wolodymyr Selenskyj with the figure of Frodo who pulls off to destroy this ring. Since the offensive of the Kremlin in Ukraine in Ukraine, Kyiv Russia regularly compares with "Mordor", the realm of Sauron, and Russian soldiers with "Orks", the soldiers of Sauron.

The nine rings are obviously a "joke" of the Kremlin, the Russian politician Ekaterina Schulman now wrote in the online channel Telegram. According to her, the GUS emblem on the rings is reminiscent of the shape of the "eye of Sauron", which in the Hollywood adaptation of the book by J.R.R. Tolkien is shown.

The idea of ​​a "ring community" between the nine heads of state is "not really our topic under the current circumstances," said journalist Dmitri Drize in the Russian radio station Commerce FM. The only GUS representative who was seen on the finger with his ring was the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko - one of Putin's few unrestricted supporters on his offensive in Ukraine.

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Vladimir Putin is inspired by the "Lord of the Rings" and offers rings to heads of state .
© Ilya Pitalv / Sputnik / AFP President Vladimir Putin during a speech at Veliky Novgorod on September 21, 2022. Vladimir Putin received heads of government and state from eight former countries of the USSR in Saint Petersburg. But the Russian president made an original "gift" to the least to his foreign counterparts.

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