Official confirmation of the death of a high-profile Russian politician – far-right, extremist Vladimir Zhirinovski – is shrouded in mystery.
Interestingly enough, his death came shortly after the 75-year-old gave away the date when Russian dictator Putin invaded Ukraine.
In a speech on December 22, 2021, Zhirinovski strongly suggested there will be war on February 22 – missing the start of Putin’s genocidal invasion of Ukraine by a single day.
This makes his death very suspicious.
Russia’s Top Putin Loyalist
Zhirinovski has been known for decades for his extremist, nationalist rhetoric advocating Russian expansionism and imperialism.
His death was officially announced on Wednesday by Vyacheslav Volodin, one of Putin’s top loyalists in the Russian government.
Volodin had the members of the Russian Duma hold a minute of silence to honor the memory of Zhirinovski.
While the Duma speaker didn’t reveal the cause of Zhirinovski’s death, it is widely assumed to have been COVID-19.
That is in spite of the fact that the far-right extremist boasted he received a total of eight shots of Russia’s anti-COVID vaccine since August 2020.
December 22 2021 Zhirinovski revealed the attack day to Ukraine (But as typical for anything in Russia start was two days late)https://t.co/Nn1WAy1Vv9
— Petri Karjalainen 🇫🇮 ♥️ 🇺🇦 (@flowpetri) March 29, 2022
Zhirinovski’s Foreboding Last Speech
Zhirinovski’s death is particularly notable because, in his very last public speech, he gave up almost the exact date of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Zhirinovski didn’t explicitly mention Ukraine in that sentence, but he did declare that at 5:00 am on February 22, 2022, there will be a “new direction in Russia’s foreign policy”.
In his last speech, Zhirinovski was absolutely supportive of a potential Russian attack on Ukraine and on Russian expansionism.
However, Putin is believed to have been trying to keep the invasion date secret at the time; this leads to questions about the circumstances around Zhirinovski’s alleged COVID-19 death.
At the time of the speech, Putin was still trying to blackmail the United States and its allies to surrender all of Eastern Europe under Moscow’s control, the way it was during Soviet times.
In that last speech, far-right extremist Zhirinovski declared Russia was going to “become a great country once again” and everybody would have to “shut up and respect it”.
He called upon the Russian legislators to “support the new direction” because otherwise “they” – i.e. the Ukrainians backed by the West – were going to “destroy the Russians”.
In his words, that would happen first in the Donbas region and then this supposed destruction of Russian people would happen in “western Russia”, i.e. the European part of the Russian Federation.
Another circumstance making Zhirinovski’s death notable is he is expected to be succeeded as leader of his party by Andrei Lugovoy, an agent of the FSB.
Lugovoy is also the successor of the former KGB, which, in 2006, allegedly poisoned Alexander Litvinenko (another former Russian intelligence officer who turned into a Putin critic) with radioactive polonium in London.
Here is in 2018 wanting Russia to return to being a monarchy, predicting Ukraine's dismemberment, and goading the West to pile as many sanctions as possible onto Russia so that it "becomes stronger." Oh, and threatening to MAKE the West "listen to Russia." https://t.co/1uZbNyWaGT
— Niall Bradley (@Niall_Diarmuid) April 6, 2022
— R.W.Berchner #FBPE 🇺🇦 (@WBerchner) June 11, 2014