Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko wins seat in Russian council election
Published 11:26 14/10/08 By By Ann Gripper, Mirror.co.uk
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has won a seat on a Russian regional council - but will not be ditching life at White Hart Lane to take it up.
Standing as the sixth-listed candidate for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, 66.33 per cent support for the party ensured Pavlyuchenko was elected in Stavropol krai, located in the far south west of Russia.
"Because of my profession it won't be easy for me to take part directly in the workings of the city council but I am ready to help with advice and with a concrete contribution to the development possibilities for exercise and sport," he said in the run-up to Sunday's election.
Pavlyuchenko became a national hero with his two goals against England a year ago which helped ensure Russia reached Euro 2008 ahead of Steve McClaren's men.
The 26-year-old, who this summer joined Spurs from Spartak Moscow in a £14m deal, began his career with Dynamo Stavropol.
"Roman Pavlyuchenko is a source of pride to Stavropol," said Dmitriy Edelev, Stavropol parliament's United Russia leader.
"He leads a specialist Olympic Reserve School project in the region which is headed up by Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, so the party representatives in the city decided to include him on the candidate list."