Russian State Duma spokesman Vyacheslav Volodin announced the death of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a far-right Russian politician and anti-Ukrainian xenophobe, via Telegram messenger on April 6.
“After a serious and prolonged illness, Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky passed away,” Volodyn wrote.
Zhirinovsky was 75 years old. The illness that took his life is suspected to be COVID-19, after a report on Russian media on Feb. 9 that he had been hospitalized with the disease. At that point, he had been diagnosed with severe lung damage.
Rumors began to swirl about his passing, though both his party, the Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), and the Russian Ministry of Health refuted all reports at the time.
Zhirinovsky repeatedly claimed that he had received eight coronavirus vaccinations. It is also remarkable that he used the Russian vaccine - for the first three vaccinations he chose Sputnik V, then he was administered with EpiVacCorona three times, and he received CoviVak for his seventh and eighth doses.
Russian propaganda outlet RIA Novosti says that Zhirinovsky will be personally buried by head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, despite Zhirinovsky’s long and documented history of hatred and dehumanization of his fellow man.