Russia: Vladimir Zhirinovsky Beat


1998 was a rough year for Vladimir Zhirinovsky, madcap leader of Russia's ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party. Last month his colleagues banned him from the Duma floor after he called for the communists "to be shot." But things may be picking up with the publication of his latest book, The ABCs of Sex. At a publicity event for the 222-page tome, the self-proclaimed "sexual knight of all the girls of Russia" proposed a new domestic sex industry as the panacea for the country's economic ills.

His book, co-authored with a party lieutenant, is full of lusty pensees. All...

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