Ultranationalist Russian political leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky dies at 75.
Written by News Room on April 7, 2022
Ultranationalist Russian political leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky has died aged 75, after a career built on fiery remarks and absurd antics.
He stood for the presidency six times and was part of the official opposition tolerated by President Vladimir Putin.
Last December he appeared to predict Russia would attack Ukraine.
He claimed to have had eight Covid-19 vaccinations. He contracted coronavirus and died weeks after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia.
His death was finally confirmed by parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Wednesday, after two reports earlier this year had been discounted.
Zhirinovsky’s brand of clownish ultranationalism kept Russians shocked and entertained during more than 30 years of his political career.