Pudovkin in 1925
|4th President of Soravia|
19 January 1921 – 3 October 1955
|Preceded by||Tadeusz Czyzewski|
|Succeeded by||Gabriel Tozulyak|
|13th Chancellor of Soravia|
7 November 1913 – 7 November 1917
|Preceded by||Fedir Romanenko|
|Succeeded by||Josef Sergeyevich|
|Minister of Military Affairs|
10 November 1917 – 8 June 1919
March 22, 1886
|Died||January 27, 1990 (aged 103)|
Eryksborg, Ludoy Islands, Soravia
|Resting place||Cemetery of National Heroes, Patovatra, Soravia|
|Political party||Soravian Nationalist Party|
|Years of service||1908 – 1950|
Vladislav Pudovkin (Soravian: Владислав Пудовкин; Vladislav Pudovkin; Zalyk: ᡖᠯᠠᡑᡅᠰᠯᠠᡖ ᠷᡇᡑᡆᡖᡘᡅᠨ); 22 March 1886 – 27 January 1990) was a Soravian stateman who served as President (1921–55) and Chancellor (1917–19) of Soravia. Pudovkin led the country through the Great War and is most remembered for his active duty throughout the entirety of the war, despite being in office for the duration of the conflict. The young Pudovkin was friends with Eduard Olsov until he died in 1904, and they both shared similar goals for the country. Olsov's death prompted Pudovkin to join the Soravian Nationalist Party in 1905 and he became a high-ranking member of the party by 1907. Pudovkin joined the army in 1908 and was part of a Mordorin regiment based in Samistopol.
A staunch Soravian revivalist, Pudovkin believed in Soravian imperialism and was a supporter of various ideas of invasion to reclaim the empire's expansive borders. Pudovkin believed in an ethnically homogenous Soravia but did support increased rights for the Zalyks and Yaratans - mainly due to the large amount of time he spent with them in his Mordorin regiment.
He was elected to the chancellery and served for Josef Sergeyevich and Tadeusz Czyzewski, whom he believed were "weak leaders" and was critical of both of their tenures. Czyzewski dismissed Pudovkin in 1919, leading him to lead his own campaign which gained him quick popularity across the country, and was seen as a successor of Olsov compared to the presidents who many believed had failed the country's high aspirations. Pudovkin was elected to presidency in 1921 with 61.4% of the vote, and immediately set about funding the military, which he opted to continue service in even during his tenure. He funded new border defenses around 100km west of the Kansen border, an extension of the Njich-Orikh Line.
Once tensions before the Great War began arising, Pudovkin was quick to push Soravia into signing the anti-Gaullican pact with Estmere, Etruria and Werania to combat the country's attempt to establish a global hegemony through its colonial presence. He reigned in the island of Svobinsk, where an independence movement had been growing in recent years, by increasing military presence on the island in 1921, although this ended in 1926 upon the outbreak of the Great War. Pudovkin personally led his Mordorin regiment - now known as Pudovkin's First or "The Regiment" - in many battles in the Euclean Theatre throughout the war, and served for the entire eight years of the conflict. When he returned he was awarded Nuruk's Medal and Nikolai's Cross for outstanding military service to the country, and had a statue of himself erected outside of the military high command's building in Patovatra. With Soravia now in a powerful position after their victory in the war, he spearheaded his beliefs of Soravian imperialism and invaded Kansasto, Minerva and Vedmed in 1944 wile Euclea was embroiled in the Solarian War, all of which were great successes which bolstered his public opinion greatly. He oversaw the construction of railways throughout Kansasto and Minerva to better connect the country to eastern Euclea.
He left the military in 1950 as a Generalissmo, and unlike most presidents at the time, Pudovkin resigned from his post in 1955 at the age of 69, saying that the country was "in a new age" in his resignation speech. He moved to a log cabin in Eryksborg in the Ludoy Islands, where he became a Soravian nationalist commentator and supporter of the traditional nationalists in the Second Soravian Civil War when it broke out in 1978. Pudovkin was also a vocal critic of the Euclean Community when it formed. Pudovkin passed away in 1990 in his home in the Ludoy Islands at 103 years of age. Despite his hardline nationalist and imperialist tendencies, he's regarded as one of the most important figures in modern Soravian history and a father of the modern Soravian nation.