Leonid Slutsky became the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party

Slutsky's candidacy was approved unanimously. He said that the party's strategy is expected to be modified in the direction of social policy, “in the direction of the people.” In 2018, three journalists accused Slutsky of harassment Slutsky became the leader of the LDPR” />

Leonid Slutsky

Leonid Slutsky, head of the LDPR faction and chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, became the leader of the party, this decision was made by its members at the congress, according to the LDPR Telegram channel.

“Leonid Slutsky unanimously 86-0 was elected the new chairman of the LDPR”,— said in the message.

After the election, Slutsky announced a “modification” party strategy, indicating that the Liberal Democratic Party will strengthen social policy, RIA Novosti reports. He said: “The strategy will remain the same, but it will be somehow modified, it will increase in the direction of the people.”

Slutsky's candidacy as chairman of the party was proposed by the Khabarovsk governor Mikhail Degtyarev, the deputy became the only candidate on the ballot to this post. The deputy took the post of head of the LDPR faction in the State Duma on May 18.

Former LDPR leader and founder Vladimir Zhirinovsky died on April 6 after a long battle with the consequences of the coronavirus, he was 75 years old. Slutsky then became the acting head of the faction.

RBC's source in the Liberal Democratic Party said that the party discussed various candidates for the post of Zhirinovsky even before his illness, “just in case,” and the final decision was planned to be made only after consultations with the Kremlin. Slutsky, Degtyarev, Zhirinovsky's son Igor Lebedev, deputies Andrei Lugovoy and Alexei Didenko were then considered among the possible leaders of the party.

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In February 2018, Slutsky was accused of sexual harassment by BBC journalist Farida Rustamova, who published a recording of a conversation with a deputy in his office, a producer of the Dozhd TV channel; Daria Zhuk and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the RTVi TV channel Ekaterina Kotrikadze. They demanded that the Duma ethics commission review the deputy's actions.

The commission did not find “behavioral violations” in him. Rustamova then said that she did not expect a different result. She is sure that the commission did not study the complaint. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov considered the accusations “a tribute to fashion” and an attempt to “keep up with the bacchanalia that is now happening in America.”

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