Far-right Russian politician who gave away the exact date of Putin’s Ukraine invasion dies ‘from Covid-19’ – despite boasting he’d had EIGHT jabs – weeks later
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 75, died 15 weeks after giving away the date of the invasion
- Far-right politicians had boasted of having received eight jabs against the virus
- He fell ‘seriously ill’ just days after accidentally announcing Vladimir Putin’s plan
- Came amid rumours his slip in parliament on December 22 angered the Kremlin
A far-right Russian politician who gave away the exact date of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has allegedly died from Covid-19.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 75, died from the virus only 15 weeks after he announced the invasion date, despite boasting that he had received eight Covid jabs.
Zhirinovsky became ‘seriously ill’ days after almost exactly predicting the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – eight weeks before it happened.
On 22 December 2021 he told MPs the invasion would start on 22 February and heralding a ‘new direction in Russian foreign policy’.
It was his last speech amid rumours he had annoyed the Kremlin over an invasion Putin wanted to keep quiet about.
Far-right Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 75, who gave away the exact date of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, has allegedly died from Covid-19
In fact Putin announced his ‘special military operation’ on the night of the 23 February.
Zhirinvosky, a candidate in all but one post-Soviet presidential election in Russia, told MPs before falling ill: ‘Russia will finally become a great country again. And everyone has to shut up, and respect our country.
‘Otherwise they will shut us up, and destroy Russians first in the Donbas, and next in the west of Russia. So let’s support the new direction in Russia’s foreign policy.’
He was head of the ultranationalist Liberal-Democratic Party and may now be succeeded by ‘poisoner’ Andrei Lugovoy, 55, wanted in Britain on suspicion of murdering Putin foe Alexander Litvinenko by spiking his tea with deadly radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.
Russian MPs stood to honour the memory of a politician who had stood six times unsuccessfully to be Kremlin leader since the fall of Communism.
Parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin today announced the death, having denied earlier reports he had passed away.
‘After a serious and prolonged illness, Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky has passed away,’ he said.
He was a ‘bright, talented politician’ who ‘deeply understood how the world works’.
In theory an opposition politician, he backed Putin on all key matters, and was rumoured to have had Soviet-era KGB links.
Nina, 74, reacts as she walks past buildings that were destroyed by Russian shelling in Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region
Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, and other residents carry the body of Ihor Lytvynenko to bury him in Bucha, April 5, 2022
Putin is said to have approved Lugovoy as a potential successor.
Vedomosti named ex-KGB guard Lugovoy as a successor under consideration for the country’s fourth largest party.
A radioactive trail followed Lugovoy and co-accused Dmitry Kovtun back to Russia, which refused to extradite the pair to face a murder trial in Britain.
‘Poisoner’ Lugovoy later became a Russian MP and is married to singer Ksenia Lugovaya, 32, currently performing to the exodus of wealthy Russians in Dubai.
The MP risks extradition to Britain if he leaves Russia.
Others vying for the leadership of the Liberal-Democratic party are prominent politician Leonid Slutsky, accused four years ago of sex abuse by a prominent woman TV presenter, and Mikhail Degtyarev, parachuted by Putin to the role of governor of Khabarovsk region to halt a wave of protests.