June 4, 2009 / 1:58 PM / 10 years ago

Russia far-right party head wishes singer Boyle well

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian far-right party posted an open letter to British talent show singer Susan Boyle late on Tuesday, heaping praise on the 48-year-old Scot and wishing her well after she was admitted to a clinic for exhaustion.

Scottish singer Susan Boyle is seen performing during a rehearsal of "Britain's Got Talent", in Glasgow, Scotland, in this undated handout photograph received in London on April 20, 2009. Scottish spinster Susan Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" earlier this month has turned the 47-year-old into an international celebrity, and a video clip of the song has been viewed more than 50 million times on Youtube. REUTERS/Ken McKay/talkbackTHAMES/Handout (BRITAIN ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

“Susan! You have already gained popularity and many admirers and fans,” leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said in an open letter on the party’s website www.ldpr.ru.

Andrei Lugovoy, Britain’s main suspect in the London murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, holds a seat in parliament for the ultra-nationalist party which has called on countries belonging to the former Soviet Union to rejoin.

In an effort to console Boyle, whose clips of her earlier appearance on the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV contest were downloaded nearly 200 million times and who came second on the show, LDPR leader Zhirinovsky compared her near-win to that of his own.

“The people also love our party, but, just like you, we do not always get the deserved result at elections,” he said.

LDPR came third in the Russian presidential elections in March 2008, behind the Communist party and the winning United Russia party, which saw Dmitry Medvedev replace Vladimir Putin as president.

At the end of his letter to Boyle, who has become a global Internet sensation, Zhirinovsky wished her a speedy recovery: “Get better soon and know that many victories await you.”

Boyle was admitted to a London clinic suffering from anxiety and exhaustion on Monday after the former church volunteer was defeated in the final of the TV contest on Saturday.

Boyle’s future has been seen as secure despite not winning. The talent show’s creator Simon Cowell and his Syco music label were widely expected to sign her up for an album.

Starved of oxygen at birth which caused minor brain damage, Boyle has been pursued by the world’s press since early April when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.” She broke down in tears repeatedly ahead of the final.

Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman

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