posted on Dec, 25 2007 @ 10:10 AM
Yes, but in Russia the vast majority of people (+90%) recognize Zhirinovsky for the clown he is.
Moreover, he will never be allowed to win the election, because he is financed by the very people in power (read Putin).
Zhirinovsky is employed by the Kremlin, and by the ruling administration of the time (both Yeltsin's and Putin's). His job in elections in the
parliament, is pretending to take up seats for nationalist nutjobs, thus preventing actual nationalist nutjobs from climbing to power and getting
anywhere near parliament. He is a political puppet - an opposition party to the ruling administration that is actually funded by the ruling
administration behind the scenes. Zhirinovsky is a caricature of Russian politics drawn by none other than the President and the ruling party.
Thus he is nothing more than a clown. He acts (key word - acts) as radical opposition, but most of his speeches are inversely related to the
President's and the country's current concerns.
So were Putin and Russia were concerned about US invading Iraq, Zhirinovsky played his role by threatening to get a group of Russian nutjobs and go
defend Iraq and act as human shields. When Russia supports Iran, Zhirinovsky calls US the great devil and promises to go help Iran and single
handedly build a nuke for them. When Russia is fighting Chechen separatists he claims that Islamists and Islam must be destroyed in Russia and ethnic
minorities must be taken care off. When Putin has a strife with US, Zhirinovsky threatens to take back Alaska.
His threats are empty. They add but a comic relief. But they do overtly hint at the sentiments of Russian radicals, who would pursue similar
although subdued rhetorics if they had access to power.
Look up National Bolsheviks and their leader Limonov in Russia for example. These are the real radicals, who are kept away (thank god) from the
parliament and even higher ambitions thanks to puppets like Zhirinovsky. Not surprisingly the National Bolsheviks and Limonov are among the main
critics of Putin and of current Russian politics, because they are kept away from parliament and from access media.