If you think Vladimir Putin is bad (and he is), Vladimir Zhironovsky may be even worse. A far-right Russian nationalist, Zhironovsky over the weekend made a disgusting attack on a female journalist who asked an entirely reasonable question at a press conference about possible Russian sanctions against the Ukraine and against another woman who questioned his behavior toward her.
Vladimir Zhironovsky, of the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party, launched into an animated tirade against RT journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, – who is six months pregnant – after she asked him an innocuous questions about possible sanctions against the pro-Western government of Ukraine, according to the Daily Mail.
Responding to her question, Zhironovsky grabbed two of his male aides, telling them, “When I say, you run to her and violently rape her” before shoving them in her direction and shouting: “Go and kiss her. Grab her.”
Male and female journalists in attendance were shocked at the outburst with one male journalist asking, “She is pregnant, why are you attacking her?”Yulia Chuchalova of news agency Interfax spoke up in defense of Dubovitskaya, telling the politician, “This is derogatory, humiliating – what are you doing here?”
Zhirinovsky shouted back, “What are you doing intervening here, you lesbian? Get out of here.”
“There are pregnant women at the Maidan [Independence Square in Kiev, scene of the Ukrainian Revolution] and here as well, druggies and what have you, ” he continued. “We need healthy people. Pregnant women should not show up at work. Sit at home and look after your child, got that?”
Zhirinovsky ended his tirade with “Get out of here, you damned lesbians.”
I asked for people who speak Russian to translate the video to make sure that he actually did say to rape her; this did come from the Daily Mail, after all. One person said that they didn’t hear the word for rape, but he could have used some colloquialism he didn’t recognize. The other said she did hear the word for rape. Either way, the rest of it is vile enough on its own.