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Russian ultranationalist political leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky dies at 75

Moscow, Apr 6 (EFE).- Russian far-right politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has died at the age of 75 after long illness, parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin confirmed on Wednesday.

Volodin called Zhirinovsky a “brilliant and talented politician” in a Telegram message.

President Vladimir Putin also paid tribute to Zhirinovsky, who was the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) for three decades.

He “did a lot for the formation and development of Russian parliamentary system, national legislation and sincerely tried to contribute to solving the most important national issues,” Putin said.

“And always defended the patriotic position, the interests of Russia, before any audience and in the most heated discussions,” he added.

Zhirinovsky was hospitalized in early February after testing positive for Covid-19 and suffering from pneumonia.

The Russian nationalist politician was infamous for stirring up scandals, and was once involved in a scuffle in parliament in which assaulted a female fellow lawmaker and a defrocked Orthodox priest during a debate about Nato airstrikes in Serbia. EFE


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