Chechen leader slams nationalist Zhirinovsky for provoking ethnic tensions

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has criticized Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a member of the Russian parliament and leader of the nationalist LDPR party, for “statements that could trigger hatred between peoples of Russia” and for “offending millions of Russian citizens on the national and religious principle”, Interfax reports.

The MP was insisting at the Poyedinok talk show that all problems of the country originated from the North Caucasus and proposed birth restrictions.

Kadyrov called such methods “fascist” and expressed surprise that Zhirinovsky had a high-ranking state positions, despite saying such things.

Head of Chechen branch of LDPR party quits

Adlan Shamsadov, head of the Chechen regional branch of the LDPR, announced he is quitting the party. A new leader will be elected within two weeks, said Alexey Didenko, a Russian MP and member of the Supreme Council of the LDPR, RIA Novosti reports.

Didenko said that Shamsadov was free to join any other party. He is confident that the Chechen party leader was pressurized into quitting.

Shamsadov said that his quit was a response to LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s words at the Poyedinok talk show on Russia 1 broadcasted on October 24. At the show, Zhirinovsky proposed birth control for the North Caucasus as a means of terrorism prevention.

Russian MP: Obama like Hitler, can end up like Hitler

Russian MP: Obama like Hitler, can end up like Hitler

A representative of the populist LDPR nationalist party claims in an official letter that the US President should be blamed for thousands of innocent people’s deaths and therefore cannot keep his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

“More and more international experts are calling Obama’s presidency dark times. The reason for that is the brutal policy that he is conducting all over the world, like Napoleon…

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LDPR Officials in Chechnya Were 'Coerced Into Announcing Split'

The Liberal Democratic Party has denied reports that the Chechen branch of the party has broken away from the national organization over inflammatory comments made by the party’s leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Chechen LDPR coordinator Adlan Shamsadov said on [October 27th] that the branch was ceasing its activities after Zhirinovsky proposed controlling birthrates in the republic as a measure to fight terrorism. However, the LDPR party later said that they had not received any notification about the withdrawal and that only the party’s supreme council could decide whether to shut a regional branch. 

The party also said that Shamsadov had been coerced into announcing a rift. Shamsadov’s announcement, “which has caused such a stir, was made under pressure and threats of physical violence, according to our information,” the  party said in a statement.

There are serious grounds for carrying out an investigation into “those who are forcing our party members to give up their ideology,” LDPR supreme council member Alexei Didenko said Monday. Didenko added that the party had been unable to locate Shamsadov and that a telephone conversation between the pair had been disturbed by a “strange noise” in the background, RIA Novosti reported.

Shamsadov had compared Zhirinovsky to a Ku Klux Klan member after the party leader said during a television show that the Caucasus should be blocked off “with barbed wire.” Zhirinovsky also said that Chechens should be fined for having a third child as a way of controlling the population. 

Zhirinovsky denied any wrongdoing and said that he was only answering a question posed to him during the show on Oct. 24.

Chechen branch of LDPR party dissolves

Adlan Shamsadov, coordinator of the Chechen regional branch of the LDPR, said that the organization had decided to dissolve as a response to the scandal caused by LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky at the Poyedinok talk show, RIA Novosti reports.

The coordinator said that the party was not pressurized into dissolving and made the decision to dissolve without hesitation.