RUSSIA: VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY EXPECTS HIS BRAWL WITH A FEMALE DEPUTY TO MAKE HIM MORE POPULAR WITH THE VOTERS
- Title: RUSSIA: VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY EXPECTS HIS BRAWL WITH A FEMALE DEPUTY TO MAKE HIM MORE POPULAR WITH THE VOTERS
- Date: 9th September 1995
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 9 AND 13, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) (SEPTEMBER 13, 1995) 1. SV EXTERIOR DUMA BUILDING / SIGN (2 SHOTS) 0.07 2. GV YEVGENIA TISHKOVSKA NEWS CONFERENCE 0.12 3. SCU TISHOVSKA SAYING HE (ZHIRINOVSKY) BEHAVED LIKE A DEMAGOGUE AND HOOLIGAN AND THAT SHE WAS GOING TO SUE ULTRA-NATIONALIST LEADER VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY FOR MORAL AND PHYSICAL DAMAGES (RUSSIAN) 0.45 4. GV VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY NEWS CONFERENCE HALL (2 SHOTS) 0.55 5. SCU ZHIRINOVSKY SAYING THAT TISHKOVSKA GOT WHAT SHE ASKED FOR (RUSSIAN) 1.10 (SEPTEMBER 9, 1995) 6. SLV BRAWL BETWEEN ZHIRINVOSKY AND TISHKOVKSA IN PARLIAMENT 1.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:01:39
- Story Text: Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Wednesday (September 13) brushed aside critics of his brawl with a female deputy in parliament and said the incident would make him more popular than ever with the voters.
"The more scandal, the more votes," Zhirinovsky triumphantly told a news conference in the State Duma (lower house) where last Saturday (September 9) he ripped the spectacles from deputy Yevgeniya Tishkovskaya, grabbed her round the neck and pulled her hair.
Zhirinovsky's brawl was widely shown on Russian television and commentators termed it a disgrace to the whole country and to parliament.
The exchange came during an emergency session of parliament to discuss the conflict in former Yugoslavia, and began when a right-wing deputy ripped a crucifix from the neck of Orthodox priest and fiery liberal deputy father Gleb Yakunin.
Yakunin had been questioning the validity of the supposed historical links between Serbia and Russia -- something which right-wingers say is the basis for their support for Serbs in Bosnia.
His remarks upset the right-wing factions who assaulted Yakunin. Zhirinovsky joined in the fight to prevent Tishkovskaya, from defending Yakunin.
Zhirinovsky grabbed her first by the arm, then the neck, then the hair. Some of her buttons were torn off.
"One of the deputies confessed to me that she showed signs of arousal when he touched certain parts of her body" Zhirinovsky said.
Speaking to reporters, several floors up in the Parliament building, Tishkovskaya announced she decided to sue Zhirinovski for moral and physical damages.
Tishkovskaya also accused Zhrinovsky of later thumping another deputy, Nina Volkova, who allegedly suffered a cut lip and concussion.
Tishkovskaya blamed the whole incident on political groups which were opposed to signs of stabilisation in Russia and did not want the Duma to become a successful parliament.
"Their slogan is, the worse things get, the better," she said.
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