EIDELSHTEIN, Kostopil, Ukraine #ukraine

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


On April 6, 2022, one of Russia’s most controversial politicians, Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky (né EIDELSHTEIN), passed away in Moscow at age 75.  Born in exile in Kazakhstan in 1946, Zhirinovsky was an extreme nationalist who served for many years in the Russian State Duma (Parliament) and who ran in almost every presidential campaign during his career (losing every time).  Zhirinovsky was the leader of the so-called Liberal Democratic Party and served for a time as Deputy Chairman of the Parliament.  For a few years, he also was a delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.  Among his other controversial positions, Zhirinovsky called on Russia to attack NATO.


Zhirinovsky’s biological father was Volf Izaakovich Eidelshtein of Kostopil, Ukraine (born 1907; died 1983 in Holon, Israel) .  According to Zhirinovsky, his grandfather, Izaak Avraamovich Eidelshtein, was the owner of a large and prosperous sawmill in Kostopil and allegedly the chairman of the local Jewish community.  His wife’s name was Rivka.


Zhirinovsky’s mother, Aleksandra Makarova Pavlovna, was Russian.


I offer this information on the off chance that someone might be interested in this family and unaware of this survivor family.



Best regards,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF # 913980


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