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Zhirinovsky Proposes 'Censorship' Of Ethnic Discussions

Controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky

The deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, says guidelines should be introduced to restrict or censor what can be said during public discussions related to ethnic tensions in Russia.

"Polemics whip up the passions, prompting people to say things that other people may dislike," Zhirinovsky said on November 1.

Zhirinovsky's comments come a day after the parliament of Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan appealed to President Vladimir Putin for Zhirinovsky's immunity to be lifted so he could be prosecuted for statements he made last week on a televised talk show.

Zhirinovsky said then that Russia's North Caucasus should be fenced off with barbed wire and measures taken to restrict birth rates there to prevent terrorism in Russia.

Gadzhimet Safaraliyev, head of the Duma's Nationalities Committee, formally asked Russia's prosecutor-general to examine Zhirinovsky's statements for evidence of extremism.

Based on reporting by Interfax, RIA Novosti, and ITAR-TASS