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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mironov Joins Ranks of Comic Book Heroes

Pro-Kremlin lawmakers are the stuff of comic book heroes.

That was the message being conveyed in the run-up to Moscow City Duma elections as activists from A Just Russia distributed comics featuring the party’s leader, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, doing comical battle with his political rivals.

In one of the comic strips, Mironov uses a vacuum cleaner to try to suck away a chicken leg being eaten by Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov. In another, Mironov is depicted building a house for a young couple who are kissing, while Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky is brandishing a rifle and kicking the bride in the rear.

The cartoons, with dialogue in verse, were posted Friday on the web site of the Novy Region news agency.

Just Russia activists distributed booklets of the comic strips near Moscow’s metro stations last week, Novy Region reported. Under election law, they had to stop distributing the booklets Saturday, a day before the vote.

The cartoons come after anonymous online fans began an Internet comic strip in June featuring State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, a co-leader of the ruling United Russia party, fighting his archnemesis, the “Black Oligarch.”

The first Gryzlov-Man comics featured the lawmaker as a Batman-like hero saving Moscow from a fire and the explosion of a natural gas pipeline.

In later editions, Gryzlov dealt with other current events, including the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam disaster, the shooting rampage of police Major Denis Yevsyukov and an angry speech by President Dmitry Medvedev directed at his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yushchenko.

The Communist Party often posts cartoons on its official web site that feature Zyuganov decrying the initiatives of the country’s leadership.

Ahead of the 2007 parliamentary elections, the Communists issued a book of comics featuring Zyuganov and his political opponents titled “Political Miniatures from Zyuganov.” That year, Zyuganov also released a book of jokes about United Russia and then-President Vladimir Putin, titled “100 Jokes From Zyuganov.”