Zhirinovsky compares unauthorized rallies to ‘Russian tradition of fist-fighting’

Vladimir Zhirinovsky file photo

MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax) – Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, has compared young people’s participation in protest rallies to reflexes from the forgotten Russian tradition of fist-fighting.

“The unauthorized protest rallies held in central Moscow and specific situations of unrest and resistance of police are residual reflexes of our young people from the forgotten Russian tradition of fist-fighting, a holiday entertainment, when people fought wall-to-wall. It wasn’t fratricide, there was no malice, it was more like letting the steam out,” Zhirinovsky said in his Telegram channel.

Young people’s participation in protest rallies is explained by the absence of places where they can manifest themselves, for example, discussion clubs, the politician said. This problem creates “an information vacuum, tension, displeasure, multiplied by young people’s passion.”

In this regard, he suggested that young people should talk where they will be noticed and suggested organizing such a place in front of the Revolution Square, in the Column Hall.

“But it is currently not possible to give young people this way of escape, and we see detentions-detentions-detentions instead,” Zhirinovsky said.

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