The symbols and signs just penetrate the whole thing. Putin must be much above the 33 degrees hierarchy. Who knows if they even use degrees or if the hierarchy is just informal at his stage.
I wonder about that too.
Ones I have met did'nt seem to care too much about the "in's and outs" of Freemasonry or the traditions good or bad.
They were "connected" and that was all that mattered.