Russian nationalist and would-be president Vladimir Zhirinovsky finally has broken his silence over an incident in the parliament last Saturday when he choked Yevgenia Tishkovskaya, a female legislator, and pulled her hair during a political debate. As usual, he did himself no favors. Commenting on Tishkovskaya's 100 million ruble ($22,000) lawsuit against him, Vlad opined: "Such women dream of being raped, but no one wants them." As for the impact on his political future? "It will bring me more votes," he boasted.