Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Government

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Vladimir Zhirinovsky (¬ладимир ¬ольфович ∆ириновский) was born on April 25, 1946, in Alma-Ata, now Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Education: Turkish studies, Moscow State University, 1970. Law, Moscow State University, 1977. Ph.D. philosophy, Moscow State University, 1998.

1970-1972: Served in the armed forces in Tbilisi

1972-1975: International department of the Soviet Committee for the Protection of Peace

1975-1977: Foreign relations department of the Higher School of Trade Unions

1983-1990: Legal department of the Mir publishing house, where practically all scientific books for Soviet readers were published

1990-present: Founder and chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR). It was the first officially sanctioned opposition party and was probably closer to the traditional meaning of its name than its current successor.

1991: Zhirinovsky took third place in presidential elections with almost 8 percent. Later that year, he supported the hard-line coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, adding fuel to claims that he had links to the KGB.

1993: Zhirinovsky sent shockwaves through the West by gaining his biggest political victory in Duma elections, placing second and securing 65 seats for his party. Many observers noted at the time, however, that Zhirinovsky had largely won protest votes from people opposed to Yeltsin, who that fall had ordered the shelling of the White House to prevent a parliamentary coup. First place went to the Communists.

1996: Ran for president, finishing 5th with 5.7 percent of the vote

2000: Ran for president, finishing 5th with 2.7 percent of the vote

2004: Opted not to run for president, leaving the job to his former bodyguard Oleg Malyshkin, who scored 2 percent

2008: Finished third in presidential elections, winning 9.5 percent of the vote

Zhirinovsky has been a scandalous and controversial figure in Russian politics since 1990. A boisterous nationalist, he is notorious for slandering opponents, starting fistfights in the parliament and for his tirades against the United States, the West and Jews. In 2006, he gained international attention by signing up Andrei Lugovoi, wanted by Britain in the poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, to run with his Liberal Democratic Party.

Although Zhirinovsky is an avowed anti-Communist, it is suspected that his early political activism stemmed from a KGB desire to create a pseudo-democratic movement to discredit the more serious opposition in the heyday of perestroika. Today, critics accuse him of running the LDPR like a family business and of being a tool of the Kremlin.

Zhirinovsky only accepted that his father was Jewish in 2001 after years of denial and anti-Semitic tirades (source).

Zhirinovsky is married and has a son, Igor, who is also a Duma deputy from the LDPR.

Notable Quotes:

"Condoleezza Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to barracks where she would be satisfied." Interview with Pravda.ru, Nov. 1, 2006.

"We are not the West. We have our own civilization. … There will be no democracy in Russia. No independent courts. No press freedom. Either accept it or leave." Televised remarks to liberal politician Irina Khakamada after State Duma elections, December 2003.

"Why should I reject Russian blood, Russian culture, Russian land and fall in love with the Jewish people only because of that single drop of blood that my father left in my mother's body?" In his book "Ivan Close Your Soul," 2001.

Russian State Duma Election Campaign Kicks Off (Op-Ed)

The 2016 election campaign is officially, and finally underway. These are crucial elections. They end one political era and begin another — both in form and substance.

Russia Reacts to Brexit Referendum

According to official results released Friday, 52 percent of British voters voted for the U.K. to leave the European Union — the so-called Brexit.

Russia State Duma Passes Law Restricting Debt Collectors

The Russian State Duma has approved in its third reading a bill that restricts the actions of debt collectors, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

Russia's Zhirinovsky Proposes 'Parallel Olympics' If Athlete Ban Upheld

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the outspoken leader of Russia's LDPR party, has called for the country to host its own Olympics if track-and-field athletes are barred from competing at the upcoming games in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

United Russia: Same Game, New Tactics

By June 19, President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign a decree that will officially kick-start the campaign season.†

Russian State Duma Strips Opposition Deputy Ponomarev of His Powers

The Russian State Duma voted to strip opposition deputy Ilya Ponomarev of his powers for not fulfilling his duties, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Friday.

print



Most Read

advertising
Moscow Directory
DELIKATNY PEREEZD

Local & intercity moves...

ACE INTERNATIONAL MOVING

Worldwide International Moving Services...