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Russian lawmaker backs Libya

MOSCOW, April 13 (JTA) — Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has voiced support for Libya in the name of the people and Parliament of Russia. Zhirinovsky made the comment during a visit to the North African nation as part of a delegation of Russian lawmakers that included Communists and ultranationalists. Libya has faced international sanctions since 1992, when the United Nations imposed them in an effort to force Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi to give up two men wanted in connection with the 1988 bombing of a U.S. passenger jet over Lockerbie, Scotland. Zhirinovsky has often voiced his support for Gadhafi.