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The two-times Olympic hockey champion and seven-times world champion Vyacheslav Fetisov
The two-times Olympic hockey champion and seven-times world champion Vyacheslav Fetisov was elected senator of Russia's Far Eastern Primorye Territory on Friday.

Fetisov, 50, former head of the federal sport and physical training agency which was abolished by President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this month, will now represent the vast Pacific region in the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament.

After his election, Fetisov said he is a "quick learner", and promised to "work hard for the good of Primorye." He also pledged to promote sports in the region.

The position had been vacant since the previous senator, Igor Pushkaryov, was elected head of a Vladivostok city district administration in May. The local legislature had originally considered Sergei Lomayev, a member of the ruling United Russia party, as the new senator, but had to drop the candidate over a document counterfeiting scandal.


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