Russian nationalist who denied Jewish origin on search for roots in Israel
Vladimir Zhirinovsky has reportedly made multiple anti-Semitic comments, but now says his dad is buried in Holon.
The deputy speaker of the Russian parliament, a Russian nationalist who has denied having Jewish roots and has reportedly made anti-Semitic comments on several occasions, is in Israel on a surprise visit to search for the grave of his father.
Israel boycotts Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his nationalist party, but granted him an entry permit because he is a member of parliament.
Zhirinovsky says his father, Yitzhak Edelstein Wolf, is buried in Holon.
It is not clear when his father reached Israel, but he may have moved here from Kazakhstan, via Poland, after World War II.
Zhirinovsky headed the nationalist party in the 1990s, when it secured 15 percent of the vote. However, in recent years the party's power has diminished, and it now cooperates with the ruling party of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This is Zhirinovsky's second visit to Israel.