The deputy speaker of Russia’s Lower House is a man accustomed to saying crazy things. Called a “political clown” by Der Spiegel, Vladimir Zhirinovsky has unleashed a racist, profane tirade against Condoleeza Rice, punched another politician in the face following a television debate, proposed shooting birds to combat the bird flu and most recently called for the eviction of all McDonald’s in Russia. Even Putin has told Zhirinovsky to cool it.

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