Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to accusations that he rules like a "czar" in a rare interview set to be broadcasted Sunday for the 48th season premiere of "60 Minutes."
"You're much talked about in America," Charlie Rose told Putin at the outset of the conversation.
"Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but talk about me," the Russian president responded.
"No, no, no. Or maybe they are curious people? Or maybe you are an interesting character? Maybe that's what it is?" Rose fought back. "As you know, some have called you a czar."
Putin responded with two words: "So what?"
"You know, people call me different names," he added.
Rose asked if the name fits.
"No, it does not fit me. It's not important how I'm called. From those who are well-wishers, friends or political opponents. It's important what you think about you. What you must do for the interest of the country which has entrusted you with the position of head of the Russian state," Putin replied.
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