MOSCOW – The ultra-national Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia on Wednesday chose Vladimir Zhirinovsky as the candidate for the upcoming Russian presidential elections.
The 71-year-old Zhirinovsky is set to run for his sixth election in the upcoming presidential elections on March 18, 2018.
In 2008 he took a 9.35 percent share of the votes in elections won by the country’s current Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.
That year, the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, concluded his second term, the maximum number of consecutive presidential terms set by the constitution.
A survey on voting published on Wednesday revealed that Zhirinovsky comes in second place among five potential candidates, with 4.1 percent, behind Putin (83 percent).
Putin confirmed earlier this month he would run in the presidential elections as an independent candidate.
As he was chosen by a party with a representation in the parliament, Zhirinovsky does not need to collect signatures to run in the elections.
The reigning president, meanwhile, has to gather the necessary 300,000 voter signatures to be a candidate in the elections.