RUSSIA: Vladimir Zhirinovsky: Rising Czar?

Part clown, part clever pol, Vladimir Zhirinovsky is breaking all the rules in his march on the Kremlin

What to do? We have lost our way.

From afar, the Demon cries out,

He is leading us astray.

-- Alexander Pushkin

When it comes to expressing his feelings, Vladimir Zhirinovsky is not exactly bashful. After flying last week from Moscow to the city of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia's bad-boy politician was dismayed to be confronted at the airport by demonstrators calling him a fascist. The chairman of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party does not brook such displays of disrespect. With an entourage of 20 people, including several menacing bodyguards, he paid a visit to the office of the region's most prominent politician,...

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