A pro-Kremlin political leader in Russia allegedly told two male aids to “violently” rape a pregnant journalist after she asked a question about sanctions against Ukraine.
Nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky launched his extraordinary tirade at reporter Stella Dubovitskaya, according to a report on the Mail Online.
After Miss Dubovitskaya’s question, the founder of the far right Liberal Democratic Party began shouting before allegedly pushing two young male aides towards Miss Dubovitskaya.
He then reportedly shouted to them: “When I say, you run to her and violently rape her.”
A male journalist told Mr Zhirinovsky: “She is pregnant, why are you attacking her?”
Mr Zhirinovsky then pushed shouted to the aids: “Go and kiss her. Grab her.”
One physically touched Miss Dubovitskaya, to the shock of the watching press.
Another female reporter, Yulia Chuchalova from news agency Interfax, told Mr Zhirinovsky: “This is derogatory, humiliating – what are you doing here?”
Zhirinovsky allegedly replied: “What are you doing intervening here, you lesbian? Get out of here.”
He shouted: “This is no place for you if you’re pregnant. We need healthy people.
"Pregnant women should not show up at work.
"Sit at home and look after your child, got that?”
The 67-year-old MP’s conduct towards the reporter has been referred to the Russian parliament’s ethics commission and he faces legal action from Miss Dubovitskaya’s employer, news agency Russia Today.
“Due to the disgusting incident in the state duma, after which our correspondent was hospitalised because of Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s discourtesy, we have decided to use all legal options to punish Mr Zhirinovsky as severely as possible under the law, including by suing him,” general director Margareta Simonyan said.