“Popular” Books by Zhirinovsky

Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party headed by Vladimir Zhirinovsky started flooding Russian libraries with a fantastic collection of works by its leader, the collection called Political Classics.  The collection is supposed to consist of about 100 volumes; it is reported that from 35 to 70 volumes have been already issued.

The books are mostly political programs of the LDPR leader since 1989, philosophic articles and a couple of literary works.
It is perfectly clear that such book will be in low demand; that is why as it is traditionally done in Russia, the books will be distributed among the poorest libraries which seldom get new editions. However, it is also unlikely to be in great demand among library readers. Let’s hope that at least few people will take the book and read “great” thoughts of the great politician. 
The Liberal Democratic Party organizes special actions to present the Political Classics books to libraries. One was held in the Kursk region on October 8, when 40 volumes of the book by Zhirinovsky were presented to the central regional library. The party press-secretary informs, new books by Zhirinovsky will be soon distributed among the regional and village libraries of the Kursk region.
Earlier, Vladimir Zhirinovsky presented 35 volumes of his works to the scientific library of the state university in Tomsk. Local department of the Liberal Democratic Party says, the scientific library is the first in the country to get such a present. The party alleges that the books were sent to the Tomsk university library in response to numerous requests of the students who are eager to read works by Zhirinovsky. Political Classics will be available in the library for everyone, together with Marx and Lenin works (which are certainly of no interest to readers now).
On  August 15, a party department in the Sverdlovks region of Russia presented the Yekaterinburg mayor library with 40 volumes of books by Zhirinovsky. These were 200 works written by the leader over the years of his political career. Director of the library says, the present is a step toward restoring friendly  relations with the city. The matter of the fact is  that Zhirinovsky visited the city in July; but he censured the city and the mayor, ignored the meeting with the voters and left Yekaterinburg irritated.

So, if the Liberal Democratic Party keeps on distributing books by Zhirinovsky so actively, the whole of Russia will be soon heaped up with this literary trash. It is strange that the party is ready to provide libraries with books which are actually in no demand in Russia, at the time when scientific and village libraries actually need more important and interesting books. Unfortunately, they have no money to buy them.

Yelena Kiseleva

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