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MOSCOW, December 14 (Itar-Tass) — On Tuesday, at a congress of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party the party leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, was nominated for presidency for the fifth time. His opponents noted that it is high time for Zhirinovsky to retire. According to the experts, the LDPR leader will come third in the presidential race.
Zhirinovsky will focus his election campaign on the security issue, which concerns all voters, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes. He rejected decisively all accusations of nationalism, explaining that “we said modestly, we are for Russians, so that they were, as well as others.” Meanwhile, when the LDPR leaders started to list his ideas, he offered to revive the Russian army.
Zhirinovsky was nominated for Russian presidency already four times, the Kommersant recalled. He was nominated for presidency last time in 2008 along with Dmitry Medvedev, CPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov and leader of the Democratic Party of Russia Andrei Bogdanov. Then Vladimir Zhirinovsky came third with 9.35% of votes.
“This is ruled out. He will never win. He does what the Kremlin instructed him to do,” the Kommersant quoted secretary of the CPRF Central Committee Valery Rashkin as saying. Just Russia believes that only Sergei Mironov will be able to compete with Putin. “No matter how good clown Zhirinovsky is, it is high time for him to resign,” chief of the LDPR election staff at the State Duma elections Oleg Mikheyev said.
Vice-President of the Centre of Political Technologies Georgy Chizhov believes that Zhirinovsky can still hope only for the third place in the presidential elections. “Only the candidates registered by the authorities will run in the elections. This is why we see the leaders of the parliamentary parties among them. I believe that they will gain the same places in the presidential race,” he believes. According to the expert, no runoff will be held in the presidential elections.
Zhirinovsky did not make serious steps to increase his electorate, president of the St. Petersburg Politics Foundation Mikhail Vinogradov said. “Although his position is stronger than that of Sergei Mironov, I do not believe that he will lead in the presidential race,” Vinogradov pointed out.