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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Bars Zhirinovsky From Floor




The Communist-dominated parliament on Friday censored ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky for insulting fellow lawmakers after he shouted that the Communists deserve to "be shot."


The parliament's lower house, the State Duma, voted 242-1 to bar Zhirinovsky from taking the floor for one month following a heated squabble during Friday's debate on ratification of a friendship treaty with Ukraine.


Zhirinovsky, who leads the third-largest Duma faction, denounced the treaty, saying it would hurt Russia's interests. The Communists and other factions voted for the treaty.


After the Duma ratified the treaty, Zhirinovsky erupted in anger and assailed the Communists, shouting at one point that they should be shot.


He then stormed out of the house, joined by his 50-member faction.


Zhirinovsky, known for outrageous statements and violent behavior, has been involved in a number of brawls and other incidents inside and outside of parliament.


During one fight in the Duma, Zhirinovsky grabbed a woman lawmaker by the throat and punched her in the head.


He also once punched a parliamentary deputy from St. Petersburg in a dispute over who would go first in the lunch line. Another time, he beat up a defector from his party and then threatened to tear another lawmaker's beard out "hair by hair."