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Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Famous Russian Politician

Posted on the 22 April 2014 by Calvinthedog

What a nutcase! Can you believe this guys is the Vice President of the Russian Duma? He leads a party called the LDPR, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. They are not liberals, and they are not democratic. Think instead wild Russian ultranationalism combined with conservative views on social issues.

From Wikipedia:

The LDPR (Russian: ЛДПР),[7] formerly the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (Russian: Либерально-Демократическая Партия России – Liberal’no-Demokraticheskaya Partiya Rossii), is a far-right political party in Russia. Since its founding in 1991, it has been led by the charismatic and controversial figure Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Opposing both communism and the “wild” capitalism of the 1990s, the party scored a major success in the 1993 Russian Duma elections, receiving a plurality of votes. In the elections in 2007, the party received 8.14% of the vote, giving it 40 of the 450 seats in the State Duma. In the most recent 2011 elections, they increased their percentage to 11.4%. The party’s brand and organization are centered around the personality of its leader Zhirinovsky.

More from Wiki:

Zhirinovsky is well known for his boasts pertaining to other countries, having expressed a desire to reunite countries of the ex-Soviet “near abroad” with Russia to within the Russia’s borders of 1900 (including Finland and Poland). He has advocated forcibly retaking Alaska from the United States (which would then become “a great place to put the Ukrainians”), turning Kazakhstan into “Russia’s back yard”, and provoking wars between the clans and the nations of the former Soviet Union and occupying what will remain of it when the wars are over. Zhirinovsky, who encourages separatism within the Russian minority in the Baltic countries, endorsed the forcible re-occupation of these countries and said nuclear waste should be dumped there.

In 1999, at the start of the Second Chechen War, Zhirinovsky, the ardent supporter of the first war in Chechnya in the mid-1990s, advocated hitting some Chechen villages with tactical nuclear weapons. He has also advocated using nuclear weapons and naval blockade-imposed starvation in a case of Russia’s war against Japan. In 2008, during the resulting political row between the United Kingdom and Russia, he suggested dropping nuclear bombs over the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to flood Britain.

Whoa! I thought we had some insane politicians!

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