The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to "Supreme Ruler" from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.
The title change is one of an array of possible alterations to the Russian constitution put forward on Wednesday by members of a government commission set up after Putin earlier this month said he wanted to change the Russian basic law.
Putin, 67, proposed his own constitutional changes, which were widely seen as giving him scope to retain influence once his current presidential term expires in 2024, though he has said he does not favour the Soviet-era practice of having leaders for life who die in office.
The overhaul, which triggered a change in government, also cemented Putin's control of the transition process and was seen by some as an attempt to reduce intra-clan infighting between now and 2024, while allowing Putin to show he is responding to public discontent after years of belt-tightening.
The State Duma, the Russian lower house of parliament, has already given its backing to his reforms in a preliminary vote. The government commission is considering further possible changes.
"There are... some very curious proposals among those put forward. For instance, they proposed renaming the position of head of state to 'Supreme leader'," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the government commission's co-chair, told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government newspaper.
When asked about the idea on Wednesday, the Kremlin was non-committal, calling it a "new initiative" and one of various proposals that may or may not be implemented.
"Right now all this is at the discussion stage," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"President Putin has no view on this."
Other proposals include formally recognising Russia's status as a "victorious power" in World War Two and recognising Orthodox Christianity as the country's main religion, the Kommersant newspaper reported.
Australian Associated Press
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