It's a continuity of Government style running from medieval robber barons, through the Romanovs, through the USSR, to the Russian Federation and it's current aspiration to retake Russian Imperial lands under the banner of a 'reborn' USSR.You're wordsmithing. Its verbal masturbation. Its Moscow, the Russian Government or simply Putin.
It's not the title in front of the big chair. It's the ethos of the warlord who sits in the big chair.
The Ukrainian war is a pure colonial war of aggression out of the 18th century. It arises from the Russian Imperial terror of its clients moving out of its geostrategic sphere of influence.
One of the reasons Russia is having such a terrible time is that its military has little modern warfighting doctrine but a huge knowledge of repression and occupation.