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LDPR Sees Incomes on List Climb

MTZhirinovsky and Lugovoi are just two LDPR candidates who have prospered.
The country's strong economic growth appears to have benefited members of the Liberal Democratic Party, as Central Elections Commission data show that a number of its State Duma deputies have seen their incomes rise dramatically over the past four years.

According to figures from the commission, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his son Igor Lebedev, the leader of the party's faction in the Duma, declared incomes of about 300,000 rubles ($9,800) each ahead of elections in 2003, Vedomosti reported Monday.

Ahead of Duma elections scheduled for Dec. 2, Zhirinovsky declared an income for last year of 1.3 million rubles (about $52,000), while Lebedev declared earnings of 3.1 million rubles ($124,000).

Some 2 million rubles of Lebedev's total came from the representative office of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca UK.

Last month, Zhirinovsky called Britain a nation of cheats and bandits while saying it had no right to request that former security services officer Andrei Lugovoi be extradited to Britain to face trial for the murder of Kremlin critic and former Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko.

Lugovoi, who is running as a candidate for Zhirinovsky's party in December, declared a 2006 income of more than $52,000, Vedomosti reported.