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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Free Bus Rides for Putin in St. Pete

President Vladimir Putin has been bestowed with the title "Honored Citizen of St. Petersburg," giving him free rides on the city's public transportation and a higher pension once he retires.

Lawmakers in Putin's native city voted 42-1 to award him with the tsarist-era title on Wednesday, Kommersant reported.

Putin also will qualify for city-funded accommodation during local holidays and perhaps a city-subsidized funeral, the newspaper said Thursday.

Since the city resumed awarding the title in 1993, 25 people have been named honored citizens, including Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II, actor Kirill Lavrov and poet Joseph Brodsky.

The single voice of opposition Wednesday came from Deputy Mikhail Amosov of the Democratic faction.

Calling Putin "a strangler of democracy," he said that the "glorification of government leaders, as history shows, is bad for the country," Kommersant reported.