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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Omsk Elects Alenichev to Federation Council

After a heated debate, the Omsk regional parliament on Thursday elected former Spartak Moscow captain Dmitry Alenichev to the Federation Council by a 29-7 vote, Izvestia reported.

Alenichev, who helped his team rack up four Russian championships during the 1990s, was nominated for the position by United Russia deputy and council speaker Vladimir Varnavsky.

His opponents, including six Communist deputies, argued that Alenichev, 35, was unqualified to represent the Omsk region, having never lived there a day in his life. Alenichev made no secret of this during his second visit to the region on Thursday.

"Everyone in this chamber of course knows more about this region than I do. But I will increase my level of knowledge," he told the assembly, the newspaper reported Friday.

Later speaking to reporters, he added: "I've exchanged phone numbers with a number of the deputies. I will help by doing what I do best: working in the sphere of sports and society."

Communist party representatives were less than impressed: "There are two great sources of shame in our country: football and politics. And here they have come together," said Deputy Alexander Melnikov.

Among those happiest to hear of Alenichev's new position was former teammate Alexander Mostovoi. "We played together for 10 years. I will help and support Dima in any way I can. It's good that people change, and can chooses a different path. He's a very adaptable, positive, active guy," Mostovoi said, the newspaper reported.

Alenichev was effectively ejected from the world of football in 2006 after an interview in which he harshly criticized the methods of Spartak's coach, Alexander Starkov.