MOSCOW, September 13 (Itar-Tass) — The Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) put Colonel Yuri Budanov's son Valery on its election list. Budanov will lead the 78th regional group of the Moscow-Donskaya, Moscow-Tsentralnaya list.
At a news briefing on Tuesday, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky told reporters during an intermission at the 23rd LDPR Congress that the decision stemmed from the wish to support Budanov's family.
"Yes, the Colonel is guilty, but he has served nine years for his crime. His murder in central Moscow was an atrocity. I was at the funeral. I saw all. And thus decided to support Budanov's family," Zhirinovsky said.
He said the Colonel's son is a young lawyer, and that his skills might be useful for the Party. "The Colonel is dead; the widow is not even entitled to pension. Now that her son lands a permanent job of deputy, he'll be supporting his family," the LDPR leader noted.
"Andrei Lugovoi, who was third on the list at the previous elections, will now lead the regional list in the Irkutsk region. "At that time, it was necessity to include him on the federal part of the list. Now let him work for Irkutsk," Zhirinovsky went on to say.
The federal list comprises 315 candidates. There are 82 regional groups on the list.
Under the draft decision by the Party's 23rd Congress, the first trio of LDPR leaders comprises Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of the State Duma committee for CIS affairs Alexei Ostrovsky and head of the LDPR faction at the incumbent 5th Duma Igor Lebedev.
There are ten candidates on the federal LDPR list. Aside from the leaders, it includes Yaroslav Nilov, Alexei Didenko, Sergei Kalashnikov, Leonid Slutsky, Valery Seleznyov, Dmitry Svishchev and Yuri Napso.
Zhirinovsky hopes that the average age of LDPR faction lawmakers at the State Duma will make up 37.
He confirmed he had no intention to step down from the post he has occupied for over 20 years.
According to the politician, the LDPR will not use the slogan "LDPR For Russians" during the election campaign in Russian republics. Instead, "we'll come out with the "For LDPR" slogan," he said.