Vladimir Zhirinovsky
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"Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky" , born "Vladimir Volfovich Eidelstein" on 25 April 1946, is a Russian politician and political activism/political activist. He is a colonel in the Russian Ground Forces/Russian Army, founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe/Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and was twice, in 2000 and in 2004, elected deputy speaker of the Duma.

Zhirinovsky is often viewed as "a showman of Russian politics, blending populist and nationalist rhetoric, Anti-Western sentiment/anti-Western invective and a brash, confrontational style". According to Reuters, "Although nominally part of the Russian opposition, he is widely seen as a servant of Kremlin policy, used to float radical opinions to test public reaction."

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