At its 26th congress on Monday the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia re-elected its eternal leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. However, Zhirinovsky said he had nothing against this position to be taken by other person in 2017. Analysts believe that in fact he has launched a “successor” operation.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky gave a start to a “successor” operation, the RBK daily made such a title for its article. Vladimir Zhirinovsky has assimilated with power so much that he became to take over its best traditions, the daily noted. The eternal leader of the Liberal Democratic Party requested delegates to put on the congress’s voting papers along with his still single candidacy the names of those party members, whom they trust.
Zhirinovsky did not leave his party members alone in their decision-making process and slightly helped them proposing to pay attention to members of the party’s Supreme Council – Igor Lebedev (his son), Yaroslav Nilov, Vladimir Ovsyannikov and Alexei Ostrovsky. At the same time he breathed a word that none of them would be still able to gather 500 votes necessary for the victory. The politician confessed that “it is necessary to renovate” the party leadership and he did not oppose a different person to take his position in 2017.
The politician called on regional offices of the Liberal Democratic Party to band together and rejuvenate and promised to pay off necessary accounts and share his secrets of getting voters’ support. “Sometimes I am wrong, it is difficult to bear the burden without support of the Kremlin and oligarchs. I always do this with pleasure, I am not tired, I am healthy, but voters wait for new faces, therefore everybody should stay wide awake.”
Zhirinovsky believes that all opposition parties are subjected to western influence, Moskovsky Komsomolets wrote. “Even Communists do. They have Marx. And the Liberal Democratic Party is the only phenomenon of Russian political thought.” He emphasized that his party had never fought against the authorities and that it is created first of all for young people. “They feel a bit negative towards chiefs and directors. They behave towards them as to parents and teachers who bothered then with their instructions. Therefore young men and women will not go to the ruling party, they will come to us.”
At the same time Zhirinovsky criticized regional leaders for insufficient efforts they had taken to attract new members, the daily wrote.