Zhirinovsky: First Venom, Now Vodka

PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS IN the U.S. use buttons and bumper stickers. In Russia, maverick pol Vladimir Zhirinovsky is peddling his own name-brand vodka as a campaign gimmick. A member of Parliament best known for his vitriolic nationalistic views (example: reclaim Alaska), Zhirinovsky struck a deal with a distillery in Ryazan to churn out 70,000 bottles monthly of Russia's favorite spirit. The vodka, sold in kiosks throughout Moscow, has a label bearing his stern visage.

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