| Vladimir Zhirinovsky |
|Born||Vladimir Volfovich Eidelstein|
25 April 1946
|Died||6 April 2022 (Age 75)|
Cause of death
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
|Victim of||COVID-19/Premature death|
|Interest of||"Philip Cross"|
|Party||Liberal Democratic Party of Russia|
Leading Russian politician who died suddenly
Vladimir Zhirinovsky was a Russian ultranationalist politician and the leader of the populist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) since its creation in 1992 until his death. He was a member of the State Duma since 1993 and leader of the LDPR group in the State Duma from 1993 to 2000, and from 2011 to 2022.
He was the deputy chairman of the State Duma from 2000 to 2001. He also worked as a delegate in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1996 to 2008. During his lifetime, Zhirinovsky also ran in every single Russian presidential election apart from in 2004.
He was known for many controversies, and advocating for Russia's military actions against the West. He made headlines in February 2022 after correctly predicting the exact date of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a speech made on 27 December 2021.
Zhirinovsky had reportedly been inoculated eight times with different coronavirus vaccines. He had been in a grave condition since early February 2022 after being hospitalised "with Covid". He died after an unspecified "serious and prolonged illness".