Medvedev pushes Putin for president

Medvedev pushes Putin for president

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the main task of the ruling United Russia Party is to make Vladimir Putin a "worthy" 2012 presidential candidate.

Gadhafi urged to leave Libya for Russia

TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The leader of a Russian political party has urged Moammar Gadhafi to stop the violence in Libya and move to Moscow, the party's Web site said.

Top Russian communist disputes election

MOSCOW, March 22 (UPI) -- The head of the Communist Party in Russia wants a commission created to investigate alleged ballot-rigging in the recent presidential election.

Observers doubt Russian elections fair

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russia's presidential elections may have reflected the will of the voters but European observers said they questioned its fairness.

Medvedev wins election, officials say

MOSCOW, March 2 (UPI) -- Russian presidential hopeful Dmitry Medvedev has won the national election, election officials say.

Putin urges Russians to vote Sunday

MOSCOW, March 1 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his countrymen to take part in Sunday's national election, Itar-Tass reported Saturday.

Medvedev expected to win Russian election

MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Dmitry Medvedev has a commanding lead heading into Russia's presidential election next month, it was reported Friday.
Medvedev skips first presidential debate

Medvedev skips first presidential debate

MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A televised presidential debate marked the beginning of the campaign season in Russia, but the presumptive next president did not attend, a report said.

Russian presidential candidates campaign

MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russia's four registered presidential candidates Saturday were allowed to begin buying advertisements and air time on the country's mass media.

Communist leader blasts Russian media

MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's Communist Party leader Saturday blasted his country's media for its favorable coverage of Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev.
Zhirinovsky needs $15 mil for campaign

Zhirinovsky needs $15 mil for campaign

MOSCOW, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Russia Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said Tuesday he will need at least $15 million to run a presidential election campaign.

Atlantic Eye: Conversing with Berezovsky

MELBOURNE, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Who really knows Boris Berezovsky? Of all the articles written, books published, of all the portraits on television, of the all the commentaries and op-eds -- do folks really know Berezovsky. Most do not. And that is why the news reports give a distorted
MARC ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Ukraine lifts ban on Russians

KIEV, Ukraine, July 9 (UPI) -- Ukraine Monday lifted a travel ban against five well-known Russians after citing a need to improve relations between the two countries.

Zhirinovsky to run for Russian president

MOSCOW, May 30 (UPI) -- Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Zhirinovsky says he plans to run for president next year.

Zhirinovsky wants to sue Germany

MOSCOW, June 27 (UPI) -- Russian right-winger Vladimir Zhirinovsky says he plans to sue Germany for having killed his family during World War II.
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Vladimir Zhirinovsky
MOS2000032401 - 24 MARCH 2000 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Ultranationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky speaks during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Friday, March 24, 2000. The slogan reads: "Clinton, do you dream of all the children you killed in Serbia." Some 150 supporters of Vladimir Zhirinovsky rallied Friday near the U.S. Embassy, demanding that Yugoslavia be given nuclear weapons and warning that NATO may next decide to bomb Russia. cc/Maxim Marmur UPI

Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (Russian: Влади́мир Во́льфович Жирино́вский; born 25 April 1946) is a Russian politician, colonel of the Russian Army, founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Vice-Chairman of the State Duma, and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Zhirinovsky was born in Almaty, the capital of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, modern-day Kazakhstan. In July 1964, Zhirinovsky moved from Almaty to Moscow, where he began his studies in the Department of Turkish Studies, Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University (MSU), 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. Although he participated in some underground reformist groups, Zhirinovsky was largely inconsequential 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.

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. According to the former CPSU Politburo member Alexander Nikolaevich Yakovlev, this party was a joint project of Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) leadership and the KGB. Yakovlev wrote in his memoirs that KGB director Vladimir Kryuchkov presented the project of the puppet LDPR party at a meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev and informed him about a selection of the LDPR leader. According to Yakovlev, the name of the party was invented by KGB General Philipp Bobkov. However Bobkov said that he was against the creation of this "Zubatov's pseudo-party under KGB control that directs interests and sentiments of certain social groups".

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