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A Russian Lawmaker Just Ordered His Aide To Rape A Journalist On Live TV

This was after Vladimir Zhirinovsky attacked the reporter's "uterine frenzy."

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This is Vladimir Zhirinovsky, often referred to as the clown of Russian politics. Leader of the far-right LDPR party, he is also deputy speaker of the Duma. He is known for making outrageous speeches, and for his colorful dress sense.

In the lead up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Zhirinovsky, sitting inside a Russian bathhouse, issued a lengthy tirade against the U.S., saying unspeakably racist and sexist things about Condoleezza Rice, then George W. Bush's national security advisor.

Only now may he have gone too far. On Friday, Zhirinovsky went off on a reporter for Russia Today (the newswire, not the television channel), after she asked him about recent Ukrainian moves to crack down on Russian men entering the country.

The reporter, who also happened to be pregnant, asked Zhirinovsky if he thought Russia should bring sanctions in response.

Then he called out Ukrainian nationalist Irina Farion. "You think she hates Russians? She loves them! Uterine frenzy — no lover, no husband, nothing. She's got a beast between her legs! And that fire devil rushes upwards through her dumb bitch tongue."

One of the journalist's colleagues stepped in and said, "What are you doing? She's a pregnant girl. This is insulting." Zhirinovsky replied by saying: "This isn't a place for pregnant people! If you're pregnant, go home. Better take care of your child."

The deputy speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, ladies and gentlemen.

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Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence are widespread in Russia, but even this was a step too far for many. Even Maria Zakharova, the foreign ministry's deputy spokeswoman, wrote on Friday that Zhirinovsky had crossed her "personal red line" by attacking the journalist. And the Duma's ethics committee has announced it would investigate Zhirinovsky for the outburst.

If you speak Russian, you can watch the whole exchange here. Or just watch it for the pure bile that translates into any language.

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