#2 man in Russia’s parliament: Keep sex to once a quarter, 3-4x a year is enough

Russia’s descent into the 15th century quickened today with the announcement by the number two man in the Russian parliament, vice-chairman Vladimir Zhirinovsky, wants Russia to have new “norms for sexual activity, whereby they only have sex “once a quarter – or three to four times a year.”

Zhirinovsky, according to the RIA Novosti, was lamenting the larger cultural “problem” in Russia of the “younger generation” watching pornography and, more generally, “frivolous films.”  He says that these films have caused young people to think that “the more [sex] the better.”

“Under the influence of pornography, porn cassettes and various frivolous films like that, the young generation has internalized a norm of the more the better,” said Zhirinovsky, who founded the virulently nationalist LDPR party in 1991.

“Well, the less the better. And only when there is mutual affection. Here’s the standard: once a quarter, three or four times a year is enough.”


Zhirinovsky in happier days.

Porn cassettes? Is that like “books on tape,” where someone famous reads a porn script so you can listen to it while commuting? (All I can think of now is Boris Badenov talking dirty to Natasha – or more likely in this case, to Fearless Leader.)

Zhirinovsky also railed against drinking, smoking, and eating meat.

As we’ve reported over the last several months, Russia is in the midst of a moral and civil liberties crackdown directed against anyone perceived as undermining the motherland.  A good deal of attention has been given to Russia’s draconian attacks on gay and trans people, but political opponents of Vladimir Putin and racial minorities have also suffered.

I think someone's lucky if he gets 3 to 4 times a year.

I think someone’s lucky if he gets 3 to 4 times a year.

Zhirinovsky is known to be a bit of a nut – but again, he’s the deputy-head of the entire Russian parliament.  After the famous 2013 meteor shower in Chelyabinsk (initially thought to be an asteroid), Zhirinovsky claimed that “It’s not meteors falling, it’s the test of a new weapon by the Americans.”

Zhirinovsky also a rabid anti-Semite (“to survive, we could set aside places on U.S. and Russian territories to deport this small but troublesome tribe”), even though it was discovered that this father was Jewish, and a rabid racist:

Zhirinovsky also advocated for all Chinese and Japanese to be deported from the Russian Far East. During the 1992 visit to the United States, Zhirinovsky called on television “for the preservation of the white race” and warned that the white Americans were in danger of turning their country over to black and Hispanic people.

Zhirinovsky, who is divorced, is a tad sexist as well:

“When asked about former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, said, ‘Yulia Tymoshenko, I’m sorry, is a woman. I don’t like them, as it’s easier to persuade a woman. […] Women are more compliant, and it’s dangerous.'”

Maybe the problem is that women simply don’t like him.

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68 Responses to “#2 man in Russia’s parliament: Keep sex to once a quarter, 3-4x a year is enough”

  1. Badgerite says:

    I don’t remember that many people trying to ‘break in’ to East Berlin.

  2. Olterigo says:

    Thinking about it, I recall reading in a newspaper that he was a believer in beating one’s wife. I mean, the guy is a nutjob.

  3. Olterigo says:

    And, if I remember correctly, at some point during the discussion of the anti-gay propaganda law, he supposedly said that his party is for gay marriage, not right now since the electorate is against it, but at some point they will vote for it. I remember reading something like that… And, despite his age and color, he’s been in the Russian parliament from the early 90s, so I would bet he still will be in the parliament when marriage equality will be voted on.

  4. Olterigo says:

    Here’s something no one has mentioned here yet. At least I haven’t seen it yet. Zhirinovsky some years ago trying to court the gay vote.

  5. Strepsi says:

    @ JOHN ARAVOSIS: I love how you recap and move forward in your Blog posts! But I think no sentence like “As we’ve reported over the last several months, Russia is in the midst of a moral and civil liberties crackdown directed against anyone perceived as undermining the motherland. ” is complete without mentioning the Russian Orthodox Church, which is not just supporting hatred but actually leading the mobs!

    Priests lead Orthodox anti-gays in violent Tbilisi clashes with rights activists


  6. The_Fixer says:

    You won’t find me cheerleading for either Clinton. Seems to me I read that article before, or at least one similar to it.

    Quite frankly, I think her spirituality is a device used to gain supporters. Ain’t workin’ with me. She and her husband have only one religion – the pursuit of power.

  7. Indigo says:

    I wonder whether “scandalized” is the correct verb? My guess is that the “gay cabal” was insanely jealous.

  8. Bill_Perdue says:

    “Or one of our nuts will suddenly go off the deep end.” Hillary Clinton been at it for years.

    This was written by Obama supporters in 2007. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics

  9. The_Fixer says:

    Ah yes, shows you how little I know of the structure of the governing system in Russia. Thanks for the info.

    48 political parties? Wow. I can only name 5 in this country – Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green and Socialist. I consider the TEA party to be part of the Republican party, perhaps part of the Libertarian party. For all practical purposes, I guess we only have two parties in this country. Although Sanders is technically an Independent, I can’t think of anyone of any other party who is represented in Congress in this country. Sounds like the situation in Russia is not that different when it comes to minority party representation in their legislature.

    Have to say that I am glad I live in this country as opposed to Russia. While we have our many problems, at least I can be gay in this country and not have to worry about talking about it. The Russian Orthodox Church and it’s allies in the government have made it quite the opposite there,

    And while we have our share of nuts both in and out of government, at least we haven’t got the uber-nut Zhirinovsky.

  10. Ninong says:

    It was called the Duma before even when Stalin was running things. In fact, the votes lately look a lot like the votes back when Stalin was alive. Putin’s bill to ban propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors passed 438-0 with one abstention. I wonder who was brave enough to abstain.

    Remember, the Politburo ran the Communist Party and the Communist Party ran the government because the General Secretary of the Communist Party was also the elected President. The Duma was the rubber stamp elected general assembly. There was only one party back then, the Communist Party.

    They still have a Communist Party but it’s no longer called the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It’s the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Putin’s party, United Russia, has 238 seats in the Duma, the Communists have 92 seats, Zhirinovsky’s ultra-nationalist party has 56 seats and the Socialists have 64 seats. There are 48 political parties in Russia but only 4 of them are represented in the Duma.

    The last election that gave United Russia 238 of the 450 seats in the Duma was rigged by Putin even more than the 2000 election in the US was rigged by Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris in Florida. Some local election results showed more votes for Putin’s party than there were registered voters.

    Putin was desperate to retain control of the Duma without having to form a coalition government. He would never consider a coalition with the Communists because he considers them a threat to his rule. I guess that’s how crazy Zhirinovsky ended up as the No. 2 man in the Duma instead of a Communist.

    Putin is careful to ally himself with the Russian Orthodox Church as a way of keeping some voters in his camp. A lot of Putin’s anti-Western values comments and anti-gay rhetoric comes straight from the Patriarch of Moscow. It’s sort of like how the Republican Party decided to appeal to the right-wing fundamentalist Christians.

  11. Ninong says:

    Yeah, well, apparently taking Bel Giorgio with him scandalized even the “gay cabal” inside the curia.

  12. The_Fixer says:

    Thanks for the reminder – I’m almost out of brain bleach, I’ll have to pick some up tomorrow after the snowstorm breaks.

  13. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, I think the Russian Legislature is called the Duma now, IIRC.

  14. Indigo says:

    Yes, I know, but to be fair, I’d take Bel Giorgio with me too.

  15. Monoceros Forth says:

    But you should see the secret erotic films of Eisenstein and Pudovkin. Their application of the theory of montage to filming sex scenes was groundbreaking.

  16. Anonymous says:

    They have an “early 1980s America” approach.

  17. Ninong says:

    Benedict didn’t go very far. He’s right there in the Vatican Gardens but he took Bel Giorgio with him, as well as five Memores domini to do the cooking, housekeeping, etc. Memores domini all take a vow of silence.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Their lack of education extends beyond just sexuality. They have big problems with drug addiction, HIV and alcoholism. Not to mention deaths from poor health care and work conditions.

    In general, people keep forgetting that Russia’s infrastructure is a joke. They aren’t a democracy; huge amounts of money are stolen by politicians. The idea that their human rights are equivalent to the US/Europe is a facade. Their academic ranking is inflated by cheating and a lot of people there are quite uneducated.

    When 49 diplomats get away with stealing money, there’s a problem: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/12/05/russia-diplomats-healthcare-fraud/

  19. Ninong says:

    They don’t have a Politburo anymore, unless there is still one in the Russian Communist Party? The Politburo was a governing committee of the Communist Party.

  20. Ninong says:

    Zhirinovsky never joined the Communist Party.

  21. Ninong says:

    He’s virulently anti-Semitic even though his father was Wolf Edelstein, a Polish Jew. Zhirinovski’s full name is Vladimir Wolfovich Zhirinovski. In coversation, you would address him as Vladimir Wolfovich, just as Little Vlad is called Vladimir Vladimirovich (son of Vlad). Little Vlad’s father’s name was Vladimir.

    He’s a white supremacist to rival David Duke and a nutcase to rival James Inhoff. He graduated from Moscow State University but his much later Ph.D. (in philosophy) seems to have been political. His wife, on the other hand, has a Ph.D. in biology.

    He’s all in favor of religious freedom for “all Christian denominations.” He thinks Jews in America and Russia should be given their own homeland (ghetto) inside America and inside Russia. And this guy is vice chairman of the Russian Duma.

  22. The_Fixer says:

    Porn cassettes? Well, I for one am happy to see that the Russians have advanced to the point where they are no longer using open-reel tape for their porn. It’s so clumsy, and requires skill to thread the tape into the machine…

  23. rrgrqr says:

    There are quite a few conservatives who now look to Russia as a sort of banner for where our morals should be and it all, of course, revolves around hating gays, wanting to jail them, desiring to kill them and otherwise wipe them off planet Earth.

    I say those “Christians” who desire those things and look to Russia with envy need to turn to Jesus and their souls will be saved…

  24. Naja pallida says:

    Brings to mind an image of a sweaty, red-faced Boris Yeltsin, reeking of vodka, with his tie half undone, pants around his ankles showing off stained boxers, stumbling into the bedroom calling for his wife. It’s that time of year again!

  25. DRoseDARs says:

    Our stroke-victim spambot is back. At least it isn’t hammers and sickles…

  26. Indigo says:

    You mean . . . we’re falling behind in the ‘Irresponsible & Crazy Politician’ race? Oh, no!

  27. BeccaM says:

    Or perhaps that’s all his wife has informed him she’ll tolerate because he’s such a lousy lay.

  28. BeccaM says:

    I was going to say ‘Duma’ but that works, too.

  29. Naja pallida says:

    Yeah, a 69 year average life expectancy, something like 63 for men, and it has actually been dropping. They’ve been working on some things, like education about smoking, drinking and obesity – which are the primary contributors. But they’re still a ways off from reversing the trend. HIV infection rate is climbing too. Which bespeaks of a larger health education issue.

  30. Naja pallida says:

    Peter was desperate for allies and legitimization by western monarchs and nobles, so did many things to emulate them.

  31. Steven Jaeger says:

    I have to agree, sounds like he would do well in Plymouth Colony.

  32. Rachel McAuley says:


    ❉❉❉❉ ❉❉❉❉❉ ❉⿗❉❉❉ ❉❉❉❉❉⾑❉who founded the virulently nationalist LDPR party in 1991.

  33. Stev84 says:

    Russia’s real problem is its very high mortality rate, especially among men. If they could get their death rate down to comparable countries – and barring too much emigration – their population would be sustainable.

  34. Indigo says:

    Pravda . . . ?

  35. Indigo says:

    We should report him to the Politburo or whatever it is called since the USSR bit the dust.

  36. milli2 says:

    Heard Pat Robertson gushing over him, a Godless commie, just because of his anti-gay policies. Shows where his true loyalties are. (Sorry, I mean Pat Buchanan, not Robertson).

  37. Monoceros Forth says:

    Oh, good point. I guess Peter would have affected European fashions like that. Although isn’t that a case of being corrupted by those decadent Western values that contemporary Russian conservatives purport to despise?

  38. Naja pallida says:

    I’m surprised Republicans haven’t trotted that one out more blatantly here. Especially when you consider the white birth rate is lower than pretty much every other demographic, and the birth rate in many red states is declining, except those with significant Hispanic populations.

  39. BeccaM says:

    Wow….just wow. What a piece of work this man is. I kept wanting to come up with some pithy remark like “He’s Russia’s version of (insert prominent American reactionary nutjob name here)” — but it’s like Zhirinovsky is an amalgam of a whole slew of them.

    Take Gary Bauer, Alan Keyes, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, David Duke, Joe Arpaio, Michelle Bachmann, and a whole host of others, distill their purest craziness and pour it all into a single human host — and we still wouldn’t match this lunatic.

  40. Indigo says:

    Maybe it was Peter The Great look-alike day.

  41. Indigo says:

    Sounds good. Fortunately the modern expression of Dostoyevsky’s Inquisitor aka Pope Benedict took early retirement.

  42. Daddy Bear says:

    Maybe that’s what Marie Antoinette meant when she said, “Let them eat Kate”…?

  43. Monoceros Forth says:

    We like to mock Russia as being such a horrible place that it’s a slowly dying nation, but Russia’s birth rate at the moment is higher than the US.

    I don’t think that was really the point of Michael’s comment. I’m pretty sure he was poking fun at one of the commonly given excuses in Russia these days for persecuting the queers: there’s been open talk that they’re driving down population growth.

  44. Monoceros Forth says:

    Well, there’s Father Ferapont in The Brothers Karamazov who is very loudly and conspicuously ascetic and likes screaming about demons and devils.

  45. heimaey says:

    Russians are notoriously sexually repressed when not drunk.

  46. karmanot says:

    Close. The real reason was to prevent East Berliners from the shopping malls in the west.

  47. karmanot says:

    Maybe it takes him that long to find it every time.

  48. karmanot says:

    How do you say ‘Onion’ in Russian?

  49. Monoceros Forth says:

    Is that really him in the picture? If so, why is he dressing like George IV?

  50. Naja pallida says:

    If you’re a severely repressed gay man, married to a woman for public appearances-sake… perhaps you consider four times a year to be your husbandly duty?

  51. Indigo says:

    Really? Well, then, not Rasputin but there’s bound to be a precedent of some crazed monk who walked in off the steppes.

  52. rrgrqr says:

    No wonder conservatives love Russia so much these days.

  53. Naja pallida says:

    We like to mock Russia as being such a horrible place that it’s a slowly dying nation, but Russia’s birth rate at the moment is higher than the US. Reversing a decades long trend, where the US has always had a significantly higher birth rate.

    The change is likely due to economic factors. Being able to afford to raise a family always makes a huge difference in a country’s fertility rate. In Russia, unemployment has been low, and wages are currently (relatively speaking) high. Whereas in the US, unemployment has been high for a sustained period of time, and wages have been stagnant and even declining in many sectors. The sad part on top of that is, our birthrate is largely being sustained by poorly educated, lower income people who either don’t use birth control out of ignorance and/or religions reasons, or simply can’t afford it and have no easy access to it. Plus, abortion is a lot more accessible and commonplace in Russia. So people who decide not to have children, for whatever reason, can make that choice without much issue. In the US, women are made to jump through hoops and are shamed out of it, assuming their access hasn’t been taken away from them altogether as it has in several states.

    Really though, the factors determining birth rate are wide reaching and complex, and some political crackpot isn’t going to have any effect on those numbers, unless he somehow gets some kind of a China-style one-child-per-family policy passed.

  54. jomicur says:

    If he thinks four times a year is enough sex, he’s doing something wrong.

  55. milli2 says:

    This charming man has to be married, right?

  56. HeartlandLiberal says:

    No, no,no. You forget, the Berlin Wall was there to keep fascists from the West from infiltrating and trying to get in in order to undermine the Peoples’ Republic. It was NOT there to keep East Berliners from getting OUT. Get your history straight, OK?

  57. Gindy51 says:

    Actually Rasputin was a great lover of sex, with anyone he could find and as often as possible. This dope sounds more like an English Puritan, you know the ones who boated it over to the US to keep their tight control of everyone’s sexual parts.

  58. Naja pallida says:

    Once with a quarter horse? :)

  59. nicho says:

    OMG, No! Rasputin loved his sex. He was boinking a lot of the upper-class women who thought it was sexy to bed down with the scruffy, smelly peasant, rather than the perfumed and wigged aristocrats.

  60. MyrddinWilt says:

    They are trying to rebuild that. But they don’t have the resources.

    Without a unifying ideological program its just everyone for themselves and their interests alone. That is why they are trying the anti-gay and anti-sex rubbish.

    Pussy Riot were protesting in that cathedral to expose this attempt at creeping fascism.

  61. Badgerite says:

    Jesus. They keep going at this rate they are going to have to start putting up walls again to keep people from fleeing.

  62. michael in dc says:

    hmm with Russia’s population suffering negative growth, does he really think limiting sex is good idea LOL

  63. mamazboy says:

    How does this get monitored? Perhaps a “neighbor snitch” program? Or people wear an electronic device that beeps when they get sweaty? (A neighbor could be elected to investigate whether it was sex, labor, or an exercise workout.) Imagine the boost to the Russian economy here!

  64. OhCanadian says:

    And the Russian Orthodox Church rises again.

  65. Indigo says:

    Oh, goodie! Rasputin’s back!

  66. clarknt67 says:

    So the Russian government wants the people to be poor, oppressed, politically impotent AND SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED? #whatcouldgowrong #talktothetsars

  67. nicho says:

    Gee, if Catherine the Great had limited sex to once a quarter, she’d still be alive today.

  68. 1tehamawhiteneck says:

    Looks like the American religious right got to him.

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