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Expansion of professional sportsmen into the power has got mass character last years. Having won love and respect of compatriots for successes at stadiums, they are without any effort elected for different state posts from the deputy of local government to the senator. Political parties use their authority with pleasure both for real work, and as «steam». The Russian Duma of present (fifth) convocation is the most «sporting» in the history. Almost 25 of 450 deputies are former professional sportsmen and sports heads. Seven sportsmen are at the Federation Council, about fifty in regional parliaments.
The insurance from vital cataclysms
Why sportsmen go to a policy? The lifetime of a person in big sports is short. The question is inevitable: what next? It is known that a lot of sportsmen break down at this stage they cannot adapt for usual life. The sportsman who has achieved great victories due to his talent and diligence is, certainly, the person with positive image. And image in politics is the key to success. Just founded party «Edinstvo» showed in 1999 how to use the person of the sportsman for achievement of political result. At formation of the first three it counted on the minister of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Sergey Shoigu, the colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Alexander Gurov and fighter Alexander Karelin. The experiment proved its value «Edinstvo won in the elections of the State Duma of the third convocation. Since then, its legal successor «Edinaya Rossiya» constantly uses sportsmen in political strike. Admission of national football team to the party together with trainers and service staff in 2004 became apogee.
A piece of cake
Sportsmen are also not always enthusiastic about political ambitions of their colleagues. «The today's mass campaign of sportsmen in policy reminds me a flu epidemic, declares the boxer Nikolay Valuev. I have no doubt that
Perhaps, it is possible to consider Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the most
It is not possible to combine. And still the majority of parties are interested in sportsmen on peak of their fame. Though it is obvious: it is almost impossible to combine sports and political career. The forward of Russian national football team Roman Pavluchenko was elected the deputy of the Stavropol municipal duma, though he was living in London and playing for local «Tottenham». The virtual deputy in the same Duma was also the Olympic figure skating champion Elena Berezhnaya.
The forward of Russian national team Andrey Arshavin managed to work in Legislative Assembly
Russian sportsmen in power
Author: Sergey Semyonov