MOSCOW, September 14 (Itar-Tass) — The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) confirmed at its pre-election congress in Moscow on Tuesday that it would go to the elections under the slogan “For Russians,” and will be led by its head Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Experts believe that the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party had guessed the mood in the society, but are not sure if the party can achieve major success.
The Liberal Democrats held their pre-election congress at the Pillar Hall of the House of the Unions on Tuesday, writes RBC Daily. Despite the fact that the event gathered about 278 party members from 82 regions, the main hero of the day was still unchallenged LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. After the anthem that opened the party congress its leader took the floor for an hour making an opening statement in which spoke about and clearly demonstrated on a geographical map taken to the scene “all the hardships the Russian people during the years of the most difficult trials.” According to Zhirinovsky, they will take part in the elections under the same over the past 20 years slogan - “For Russia, for Russians!”
The Liberal Democratic Party expects at the upcoming elections in December to win support of 25 percent of voters and take second place after United Russia, Novye Izvestiya notes. “We expect to win. However, given the specificity of this half-monarchical and one-party regime, we expect to be second and hope to get 25 percent,” said Zhirinovsky. He also noted that before the elections his party places the stake on the youth, and if the Liberal Democratic faction has 50-60 members, their average age will not exceeds 37 years, and the faction will be the youngest in Europe.
According to Director of the International Institute of Political Expertise Yevgeny Minchenko, who was quoted by Kommersant, the Liberal Democratic Party at these elections will improve its score by 15 percent, but will not outstrip the Communists. The newspaper recalls that at the State Duma elections in 2007 the Liberal Democratic Party won 8.14 percent. Director of the Institute of Election Technology Yevgeny Suchkov, on the contrary, believes that the party will have the same result: “25 percent – wishful thinking.” Although Zhirinovsky is a good spin doctor and he exactly guesses the society’s mood.”