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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhirinovsky: Moon, Clinton Decided Victor

Ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky put his own distinctive twist Friday on the presidential election, attributing Boris Yeltsin's win to Bill Clinton and a full moon.

The first and second rounds of the election "came during a full moon, when people easily fall under a spell and vote like zombies," said Zhirinovsky, known for his frequent outrageous statements.

The U.S. president also helped mesmerize the Russians, he said.

"Clinton decided who would be the Russian president," Zhirinovsky said. "The Western world needs our natural resources. By the year 2000 Russia will become a colony."

The moon was close to full for Wednesday's runoff, but was not for the initial vote 17 days earlier. Perhaps a full moon would have helped Zhirinovsky, who finished fifth in the June 16 election.