A list of new sanctions on Russia published by the European Union Friday contains a number of mistakes.
The EU lists Russian ultranationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky as being “born on 10.6.1964 in Eidelshtein, Kazakhstan.”
Zhirinovsky’s birthday is June 10, 1946, meaning that the EU made Russia’s most persistent political figure 18 years younger.
Zhirinovsky was also born in Alma-Ata, the capital of Soviet Kazakhstan, which was renamed Almaty in 1993.
The name Eidelshtein is his father’s family name, which Zhirinovsky is said to have carried until he adopted his mother’s name in the 1960s.
In another gaffe, Gennady Tsypkalov, who was named “prime minister” of the separatist-declared republic in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine in August, appears on Friday’s list in one instance as Tsyplakov.
An EU blacklist published April 29 contains a similar name, Sergey Gennadevich Tsypkalov, who was described as a leader of the “People’s Militia of Donbas.”
The EU sanctions list took effect after being published Friday in the bloc’s official journal. The latest sanctions target large Russian energy and defence companies, including a subsidiary of Gazprom and the manufacturer of Kalashnikov assault rifles, as well as senior pro-Russian separatist figures in eastern Ukraine.
Zhirinovsky’s name was the subject of a sensation in the 1990s when US journalist Nick Moore uncovered his birth certificate, revealing that Zhirinovsky’s real name was Vladimir Volfovich Eidelshtein and his father, Wolf Isaakovich Eidelshtein, was a Polish Jew from what is today western Ukraine.
Zhirinovsky, who has accused Jews of ruining Russia and selling Russian women abroad as prostitutes, denied this parentage for years. He once famously said, “My mother was Russian and my father a lawyer.”
In 2006, he made a public visit to his father’s grave in Israel, saying he had not known anything about him all his life.