In Russia, death of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, imitation of Vladimir Putin’s opponent and war cantor

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, in Moscow, Russia, September 19, 2021.

Will Vladimir Zhirinovsky have known happiness in his last weeks of life? The Russian politician, who died on April 6 at the age of 75, called for an invasion of Ukraine and a final confrontation with the West. He dreamed of World War III, of “burning paris”, from“Spraying Berlin”† In late December 2021, during one of his last public outings, he begged that we “bombs Kiev” the night of December 31…

Unfortunately, this monument of the Russian political scene fell ill with Covid-19 before the start of the Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine. Since then, his health has been presented at times as desperate, at other times as reassuring. A few days before his death, his party, using time-honored formulas that smack of Sovietism, said he was brave in battle, eager for news and reports on the situation in Ukraine… while other sources still keep him in intensive care. care, even in a coma.

Showmanship and provocation, specialties of the house. Zhirinovsky himself claimed to have received his eighth injection of the coronavirus vaccine at the end of January. Should you believe it? Impossible to say about this magician who had made excesses a political niche and one-man art a sign of loyalty to Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a false adversary sentenced to the role of the king’s jester, was also a key figure in Russian public life, one of the few Russian political figures known abroad. The emphatic tributes of the Russian newspapers and of his fellow deputies say enough about his importance. After a lifetime devoted to politics, he was a continuous deputy from 1993 until his death. When he announced his death, Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin . praised “a brilliant and talented man, who deeply understood how the world works and who had predicted much”. The Assembly observes a minute of silence in his memory.

Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky was born on April 25, 1946 in Alma-Ata (now Almaty), Soviet Kazakhstan, into a poor family. His father, a Jew from Poland deported to Central Asia, was sent back to Poland shortly after the birth of little Vladimir, without his family. His mother cared little for him. “No one ever celebrated my birthday, no one ever accompanied me to school”, he says in his book, The last jump to the south (not translated), published September 1993.

Probably former KGB agent

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