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Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (Russian: Влади́мир Во́льфович Жирино́вский, previous name Vladimir Volfovich Eidelshtein, born April 25, 1946) is a Russian politician, deputy and vice-chairman of the State Duma (the Russian parliament), and lawyer. Zhirinovsky is the founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), the third largest party in the Duma. He is also a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Image File history File links Zhirinovsky. ... Image File history File links Zhirinovsky. ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (116th in leap years). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Deputy may mean: A member of a Chamber of Deputies, National Assembly, etc. ... A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Emblem commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Russia Dumas Boris Gryzlov, speaker of the Russian State Duma since December 2003 The State Duma (Russian: Государственная дума (Gosudarstvennaya Duma), common abbreviation: Госдума (Gosduma)) in the Russian Federation is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature), the upper house being the Federation... States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in red and orange—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state. ... English barrister 16th century painting of a civil law notary, by Flemish painter Quentin Massys. ... Leader of the party The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (Либерально-Демократическая Партия России, Liberalno-Demokratičeskaja Partija Rossii) is a far right political party in Russia. ... The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg The Council of Europe is an international organisation of 46 member states in the European region. ... The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg European Flag: used by the Council of Europe and by the European Union The Council of Europe (French: Conseil de lEurope , German: Europarat /ˌɔɪ.ˈro. ...


Early life and politics

Zhirinovsky was born in Alma-Ata, former capital of the then-Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan. In July 1946, Zhirinovsky moved from Alma-Ata to Moscow, where he began his studies in the Department of Turkish Studies, Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University, from which he graduated in 1969. Zhirinovsky then went into military service in Tbilisi during the early 1970s. He would later get a law degree and work at various posts in state committees and unions. He was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy by MSU in 1998. Map showing Almatys location in Kazakhstan Almaty Orthodox church Mosque Almaty (Алматы; formerly known as Alma-Ata, also Vernyj, Vyernyi (Верный) in Imperial Russia) is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1,185,900 (2004) (8% of the population of Kazakhstan) citizens. ... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... Evolution of the Soviet Republics from 1922 to 1958. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Location Position of Moscow in Europe Government Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Geographical characteristics Area  - City 1,081 km² Population  - City (2005)    - Density 10,415,400   8537. ... Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russian: Московский государственный университет имени Ðœ.Ð’.Ломоносова, often abbreviated МГУ, MSU, MGU) is the largest and arguably the oldest university in Russia, founded in 1755. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Military service is service in an army or other military organisation, whether as a chosen job or as the result of an involuntary draft (in that case usually termed conscription). ... Tbilisi (Georgian თბილისი ) is the capital and largest city of the country of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura (Mtkvari) River, at . ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

Though he participated in some underground reformist groups, Zhirinovsky was largely inessential in Soviet political developments during the 1980s. While he contemplated a role in politics, a nomination attempt for a seat as a People's Deputy in 1989 was quickly abandoned. [1] Zhirinovsky, whose father was a Polish Jew, began his formal political career in the Shalom Cultural Society, a Jewish organization given support by the Soviet government in order to compete with independent Jewish groups which sprang up during the era of glasnost under the tenure of Mikhail Gorbachev in the latter part of the decade. [2] Reformism (also called revisionism or revisionist theory) is the belief that gradual changes in a society can ultimately change its fundamental structures. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... From the Middle Ages until the Holocaust, Jews were a significant part of the Polish population. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... Motto: Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) (Russian: Workers of the world, unite!) Anthem: The Internationale (1922-1944) Hymn of the Soviet Union (1944-1991) Capital (largest city) Moscow None; Russian de facto Government Federation of Soviet Republics  - Last President Mikhail Gorbachev  - Last Premier Ivan Silayev Establishment October Revolution   - Declared 30... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...   (Russian: , Mihail Sergeevič Gorbačëv, IPA: , commonly written as Mikhail Gorbachev; born March 2, 1931) was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. ...

After many years of denying his Jewish heritage, Zhirinovsky finally acknowledged his father's Jewish identity in 2003. On a private visit to Israel in June 2006, Zhirinovsky paid his first visit to the grave of his father, Wolf Isakovich Eidelshtein, who is buried in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon. [1] 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tel-Aviv was founded on empty dunes north of the existing city of Jaffa. ... Holon (Standard Hebrew חוֹלוֹן, , Tiberian Hebrew חֹלֹן ) is a city in Israel, on the central coastal strip, just south of Tel Aviv, and part of the metropolex known as Gush Dan in the Tel Aviv District. ...

Liberal-Democratic Party

In 1990, Zhirinovsky, along with Vladimir Bogachev, took initiatives which led to the founding of the Liberal Democratic Party, the second registered party in the Soviet Union and therefore the first officially sanctioned opposition party. In elections that same year, after which Gorbachev became the first President of the Soviet Union, the LDPR officially gathered 8% of the vote. Afterwards, the LDPR would garner a reputation as an ineffective vehicle for opposition against the government, and one that lacked either credibility or authenticity, particularly given Zhirinovsky's vocal support for the Soviet coup attempt of 1991. This view was further encouraged by rumors, denied by Zhirinovsky, that he was an agent of the KGB and that the LDPR was a farcical creation meant to either discredit or distract earnest opposition to the government. Such impressions would last even as the Soviet Union was dissolved and the Communist Party itself was thrown into an opposition role. This article is about the year. ... Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. ... The President of the Soviet Union was the Head of State of the USSR from March 15, 1990 to December 25, 1991. ... Look up Opposition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... During the Soviet Coup of 1991, also known as the August Putsch, Vodka Putsch or August Coup, a group of hardliners within the Soviet Communist party briefly deposed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and attempted to take control of the country. ... The introduction to this article is too long. ... Communist Party supporters attend a May Day rally in Moscow The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (Russian: Коммунистическая партия Российской Федерации = КПРФ; translit. ...

Nonetheless, the Liberal-Democratic Party remained an important force in Russian politics. At the height of its fortunes, the LDPR gathered 23% of the vote in the 1993 Duma elections and achieved a broad representation throughout the country - the LDPR being the top vote-getter in 64 out of 87 regions. This fact encouraged Zhirinovsky to once again vie for the presidential office, this time against incumbent Boris Yeltsin. The fact that Yeltsin's candidacy seemed seriously challenged by Russian nationalist groups and a rejuvenated Communist Party alarmed many outside observers, particularly in the Western world, who were concerned that such developments posed a serious threat to the survival of Russian democracy, already in a very fragile state. Zhirinovsky became a focal point of harsh criticism and seemed to be the living embodiment of authoritarianism and militarism in modern Russia. The politics of Russia (the Russian Federation) take place in a framework of a federal presidential republic, whereby the President of Russia is both head of state and head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Yeltsin redirects here. ... Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix Nationalism is an ideology [1] that holds that a nation is the fundamental unit for human social life, and takes precedence over any other social and political principles. ... The term Western World or the West can have multiple meanings depending on its context. ... Bold text:This article applies to political ideologies. ... Militarism or militarist ideology is the doctrinal view of a society as being best served (or more efficient) when it is governed or guided by concepts embodied in the culture, doctrine, system, or people of the military. ...

Politician and demagogue

Zhirinovsky at a news conference.
Zhirinovsky at a news conference.

For his own part, Zhirinovsky has done a great deal to foster a reputation as a loud and boisterous populist who speaks on behalf of the Russian nation and people, even when the things he says are precisely what many people, at home or abroad, do not want to hear. Zhirinovsky infamously promised voters in 1991 that if he were elected, free vodka would be distributed to all. Similarly, he once remarked, during a political rally inside a Moscow department store, that if he were made president, underwear would be freely available. [2] He has on several occasions been involved in altercations with other politicians and debate opponents. Image File history File links Zhirinovsky1. ... Image File history File links Zhirinovsky1. ... Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the...

Despite his past association with Jewish groups, Zhirinovsky has been widely accused of anti-Semitism. He has expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, as well as 1996 U.S. Presidential contender Pat Buchanan, who has faced similar accusations, on the verge of his victory in the New Hampshire primary. Referring positively to a comment in which Buchanan labeled the United States Congress "Israeli-occupied territory", Zhirinovsky remarked that, "We have the same situation in Russia." He said that both countries were "under occupation" and that "to survive, we could set aside places on US and Russian territories to deport this small but troublesome tribe." Buchanan strongly rejected Zhirinovsky's endorsement, eliciting a harsh response by Zhirinovsky: "You filled your pants as soon as you got my congratulations. Who are you afraid of? Zionists?" [3] The Eternal Jew: 1937 German poster. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1969 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist, and broadcaster. ... The New Hampshire primary is the opening gun of the quadrennial U.S. presidential election. ... Seal of the U.S. Congress. ... Poster promoting a film about Jewish settlement in Palestine, 1930s: Toward a New Life (in Romanian),The Promised Land (in Hungarian), the small caption (bottom) reads First Palestinian film with sound Zionism is a political movement that supports a homeland for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, where...

He is also well known for his boasts pertaining to other countries, having expressed a desire to reunite countries of the ex-Soviet "near abroad" with Russia, and dreaming of a day "when Russian soldiers can wash their boots in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean". Zhirinovsky has been quoted to the effect that, among other things, Russia should retake Alaska by using force, construct large fans to blow Russia's nuclear waste into Germany and the Baltic republics, and use nuclear weapons against its adversaries. Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,854 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... Political Punk band from Victorville, Ca WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NUCLEARWASTEX ... The Baltic Sea The term Baltic Republics referred to the three Soviet Republics of Estonian SSR, Latvian SSR, and Lithuanian SSR. The sovereign nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who had gained sovereignty in 1918, were occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ...

While some observers were inclined to consider such comments as stark efforts to drum up nationalist support and should not be viewed as anything more serious than electoral fodder meant for domestic consumption, there was great consternation at the fact that in February 1996, months before a presidential election, Zhirinovsky placed second in opinion polls, behind Communist Gennady Zyuganov and ahead of Boris Yeltsin. In the end, however, Zhirinovsky placed fifth with a 5.7% share in the first round of voting. Since then, the party's fortunes have somewhat stabilized, with 2003 seeing a LDPR vote share of 11.7%, while the effect of Zhirinovsky's personality only increased his irrelevancy in successive presidential elections. In 2004, he declined to even be nominated by the party, leaving that role to Oleg Malyshkin, who received a nearly negligible portion of the vote. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Presidential elections were held in the Russian Federation in 1996. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... Zyuganov on a November 7 rally Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov or Guennady Ziuganov (Russian: ) (born 26 June 1944) is a Russian politician, and head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (since 1993), a member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (since 1996). ... Legislative elections were held in the Russian Federation on December 7, 2003. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Presidential elections were held in the Russian Federation on March 14, 2004. ... Oleg Malyshkin is a Russian politician and member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. ...

Ongoing controversies

Zhirinovsky hailed what he described as "the democratic process" in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, whom he supported strongly. The friendship dates at least until the first Gulf War, during which time Zhirinovsky sent several volunteers from the "Falcons of Zhirinovsky" group to support the Iraqi president. The gestures apparently did not go unrewarded, as allegations have dogged Zhirinovsky closely since the fall of Baghdad that he personally profited from illicit oil sales as part of the Oil-for Food scandal, a charge investigated in 2005 by the US Senate Pemanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI). [4] Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majidida al-Tikriti (Arabic: ‎ [1]; born April 28, 1937[2]), was the President and dictator of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003, when he was deposed during the United States-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 360,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (1990–1991) (also called the Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, or Second Gulf War) was a conflict between... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Oil-for-Food Programme, established by the United Nations in 1995 (under UN Security Council Resolution 986) and terminated in late 2003, was intended to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) is the oldest subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. ...

Zhirinovsky also has a history of igniting violence in political contexts. In June 2003, Zhirinovsky celebrated the eighth anniversary of his notorious debate with Boris Nemtsov in 1995, during which a "juice fight" broke out. Zhirinovsky had deliberately spilled the contents of his glass, namely fruit juice, onto Nemtsov. The celebration in 2003 involved an open tournament of splashing juice onto one's opponent. This "tournament" was opened by Zhirinovsky himself by splashing juice onto a group of volunteers, and the event was held in the open near a theatre in Moscow. [5] In 2003, Zhirinovsky engaged in a fistfight after a television debate with Mikhail Delyagin. [6] In 2005, Zhirinovsky ignited a brawl in the parliament by spitting at a legislator, Andrei Savelyev. [7]

In 2005, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan declared Zhirinovsky persona non grata on the territory of his historical homeland, due to the politician's controversial speech about the change of the Russia–Kazakhstan border, in which he questioned the Kazakh people's place in history. Zhirinovsky maintains his view, claiming that his position is backed by a number of academic works on history and geography. Moreover, he called on the government of Kazakhstan not to take offense on the matter. [8] A foreign minister is a cabinet minister that helps to form foreign policy for sovereign nations. ... Look up Persona non grata in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Kazakhs (also spelled Kazaks or Qazaqs), (in Kazakh: Қазақтар []; in Russian: Казахи; English term is the transliteration from Russian) are a Turkic people of the northern parts of Central Asia (largely Kazakhstan, but also found in parts of Russia and China). ...

In reaction to Condoleezza Rice's criticism of Russian foreign policy during the January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas dispute, Zhirinovsky stated that Rice's comments were a reflection of her own unmarried and childless status, and that "Condoleezza Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to barracks where she would be satisfied." [9] Condoleezza Rice (born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama) is the 66th and current United States Secretary of State, and the second in the administration of President George W. Bush to hold the office. ... Regarding the foreign relations of Russia, Russia has taken important steps to become a full partner in the worlds principal political groupings. ... Wikinews has news related to: Russia cuts off gas supplies to Ukraine The dispute between Russian state-owned gas supplier Gazprom and Ukraine over natural gas prices started in March of 2005 (over the price of natural gas and prices for the transition of Gazproms gas to Europe). ...

Also (as of October 2006), he is persona non grata in Ukraine. Categories: | ...


  1. ^ Melman, Yossi. "The Jewish Side of the Family", Haaretz, 2006-06-30.
  2. ^ Fedarko, Kevin. "A Farce to Be Reckoned With", TIME, 1993-12-27.

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External links

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1273 words)
Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (Russian: Влади́мир Во́льфович Жирино́вский, born April 25, 1946) is a Russian politician, deputy and vice-chairman of the State Duma (the Russian parliament), and lawyer.
Zhirinovsky was born in Alma-Ata, former capital of the then-Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.
Zhirinovsky became a focal point of harsh criticism and seemed to be the living embodiment of authoritarianism and militarism in modern Russia.
michael specter--review--zhirinovsky (913 words)
Zhirinovsky's feel-good remedies -- his promises to shoot criminals at the scenes of their crimes, to supply cheap vodka and to find everyone a spouse -- are not going to work.
Zhirinovsky rose to prominence as the third-place finisher in the 1991 presidential election, when people were eager to protest against the horrible lives they were living.
Zhirinovsky was a poor student, a bad lawyer and the type of political leader who wins council races simply because nobody else runs for the office.
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