Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky speaks in Moscow on February 14, 2012.

Tough laws that crack down on smoking should be extended to cover “excessive” sex and eating, declared a Russian political leader on Monday.

Far-right nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky said: “We need eating restrictions. Our people are overfed and too fat. Sex should be restricted to one time per quarter through issuing licences, quotas or coupons.”

He spoke out as the Duma, or parliament, was due to pass laws today banning smoking in public places.

Mr Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Duma’s deputy speaker, said: “People have too much sex, they eat, smoke and drink too much and die 20 years earlier.

“Everywhere else - in Europe, America or Japan - they live longer. Why should we perish?” - Daily Mail