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Vladimir Zhirinovsky Is Dead: Big Blow To Putin As Russian Top Politician Dies


Apr 7, 2022

Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s Death Is A Major Setback For Putin

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party, has died.


Since February, the 75-year-old politician had been hospitalized with coronavirus. Zhirinovsky died as a result of infection-related complications.


Zhirinovsky was in critical condition in a Moscow hospital, where he has been since early February following a positive COVID-19 test and the development of pneumonia.

He has been described as a fervent patriot and “a showman of Russian politics,” combining populist and nationalist rhetoric, anti-Western venom, and a brazen, aggressive attitude.


Zhirinovsky was born in Almaty, the capital of modern-day Kazakhstan’s Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.


Volf Isaakovich Eidelshtein (or Wolf Andreyevich Eidelshtein) was a Ukrainian Jew from Kostopil in western Ukraine, and Alexandra Pavlovna was a Russian from the Mordovia region.


Zhirinovsky received his surname from Alexandra’s first husband, Andrei Vasilievich Zhirinovsky. His paternal grandpa was a prosperous industrialist in Kostopil who operated the largest sawmill in (what is now) Ukraine and was the community’s leader.


His grandfather’s mill now earns $32 million per year, and Zhirinovsky has repeatedly asked that successive Ukrainian governments restore it to him.

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