Tennis great Marat Safin is now an member of the Russian Parliament. After the official election results were tallied earlier today. the former No. 1 won a seat in the Lower House of Parliament, or the State Duma.
“I thought for a long time before deciding to go into politics,” said told AFP last week. “Of course I could pose in fashion commercials showing myself as a high society star but it’s definitely not my lifestyle.
“Politics – it’s a completely new life. It’s a new way of thinking, new way of acting, which has no relation either to tennis or sports in general.”
The outspoken Safin will be working alongside some rather interesting people. Also winning seats in the 450 member Duma were former boxing star Nikolai Valuyev, Olympic wrestler Alexander Karelin and Playboy playmate and Maxim’s current hottest girl in Russia, Maria Kozhevnikova! What a country!
Safin’s term will run five years.
The lower house of parliament will convene for its first session next Wednesday, December 21.
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