Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, attends a meeting with students as he visits the Don State Technical University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia February 9, 2018

Russian "Trump" Zhirinovsky Promises Dictatorship If Elected

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The veteran politician is confident that this is the only way to change the situation in the country and to punish those responsible for current problems.

"I'm going to use force to change the situation in the country. I'm going to punish everyone — the oligarchs and all who steal budget money. I will return all the money that has poured abroad. This is an impossible task for democracy to cope with, so I'll establish the most ruthless dictatorship," Vladimir Zhirinovsky said during a presidential debate.

If you thought Donald Trump made some tough election pledges, you may be surprised by promises the candidate from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky can make. During the presidential debate on a national TV channel he announced his intention to introduce "the most ruthless dictatorship" in order to fix the situation in the country, by punishing oligarchs and corrupt officials.

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Among his other ambitions is to establish a two-party system, when "Russia has become a wealthy country." According to him, all future presidents ought to be elected from candidates representing these two parties.

Zhirinovsky is a veteran of Russian politics and is well known for his radical proposals to all sorts of issues in the country, as well as for his harsh rhetoric. During the last presidential debate he hurled a host of obscene slurs at another candidate, Ksenia Sobchak, prompting her to throw water in Zhirinovsky's face.

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The Russian presidential elections will take place on March 18. There are 8 officially registered candidates: Sergei Baburin (right-wing All-People's Union party), Pavel Grudinin (Communist Party of the Russian Federation), incumbent President Vladimir Putin (an independent candidate), Ksenia Sobchak (liberal Civil Initiative party), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), Maxim Suraykin(Communists of Russia), Boris Titov (center-right Party of Growth) and Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Party).

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