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McDonald's suspends operations in Crimea

McDonald's suspends operations in Crimea

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 4 (UPI) -- McDonald's Ukraine halted operations in three of its restaurants in Crimea, following ongoing tensions in the region.
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Russia party leader: Obama should get a divorce

Russia party leader: Obama should get a divorce

MOSCOW, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The leader of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party told U.S. President Barack Obama to get a divorce to become a more effective leader.

Thousands protest in Kiev over halted EU trade deal

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain said Sunday "America stands with" protesters rallying against the Ukrainian president's backing out of a trade deal with the European Union.
Chechen leader says comments by Russian lawmaker incited hatred

Chechen leader says comments by Russian lawmaker incited hatred

MOSCOW, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has charged a Russian lawmaker with inciting hatred against residents of the troubled North Caucasus region.
Opposition rallies in front of U.S. Embassy in Moscow over Syria

Opposition rallies in front of U.S. Embassy in Moscow over Syria

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow Wednesday protested a push by U.S. leaders toward a military response over use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Moscow mayoral hopeful rebuts charges of illegal campaign donations

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A candidate running to be mayor of Moscow Monday denied allegations by prosecutors that he had received illegal money from abroad to fund his campaign.

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Russian party wants a month of no news

MOSCOW, June 26 (UPI) -- The leader of a Russian nationalist party has suggested all the country's journalists take a one-month vacation to relieve the "news pressure" on the public.

Outside Moscow, Putin wins over Russians

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have enough support outside Moscow to give him the victory in his bid to become president, observers say.
Putin bid said to have wide support

Putin bid said to have wide support

MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Russian voters surveyed said they support Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his bid to become the country's president.
Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- City officials in Moscow deny claims they're pressuring school leaders to send employees to a rally supporting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid.
Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

MOSCOW, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Russian Central Election Committee rejected Liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky's bid to run for president against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Putin urged not to run for president

Putin urged not to run for president

MOSCOW, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- One of Vladimir Putin's rivals for president of Russia says it would be "unbecoming" for him to seek a third term, a view shared by a top Russian businessman.
Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Support for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid rose to 48 percent in recent weeks, the state-run polling agency VTsIOM said Friday.
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.
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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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