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Alexei Yagudin on ru fed

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Published on Jul 8, 2012

This is a part of a wonderful Russian TV show "100 Questions to an Adult" with Alexei Yagudin, which aired in 2010/11/06. In this show youngsters under 18 ask some celebrity questions considering his or her life.

Alexei's answer about the situation in FFSR.

Girl: Hello Alexei, I'm Elizaveta.
Alexei: Hello daughter.
Girl: I've read lately in some newspaper how you criticized the president of figure skating Valentin Piseev. Is that true that you aren't afraid of him?
Alexei: Why be afraid of him, he ain't a bull terrier in the street without a muzzle. I just have a certain opinion, yes, I think that when the President of the country and the Prime Minister say that... those people who weren't quite good at the Vancouver Olympics, namely the heads of federations, should leave. Well again, certain things happen here in Russia... and in figure skating, in the federation of figure skating Valentin Nikolaevich Piseev simply deceived everyone, invented a new seat of a general director for himself . He's a general director. When letters are addressed to the president of the federation, Piseev answers. Why on earth? So I consider that an absolute outrage goes on in the federation of figure skating and that man holds the seat with perfect impunity for a very long time. Once again, that's my opinion that can't... I believe that it's time to change, to change those people, because people sit there for 20 years.
There was just time when our coaches were younger, for example there was time when Moskvina, Alexei Nikolaevich Mishin, Vodorezova [now Buyanova], Tatiana Anatolievna Tarasova, Chaikovskaya and others, and there were sportsmen: Irina Slutskaya, I guess everyone knows, Maria Butyrskaya, me, Anton Sikharulidze, Elena Berezhnaya... It was that golden time, and federation -- they did nothing. Once they've sent me boots, such was their help, boots with the blades, but those blades weren't even for free skate -- for ice dancers. They didn't care what happened to us, because they knew that we come and we win. We won and they stood by our side, had pictures taken -- look, everything is so cool in their federation. But there wasn't any help. We didn't need it, we could stick up for ourselves, we had a great base of those coaches. There was no need to help even, but there was the need to keep those schools of figure skating, at least. Because Zhenya Plushenko is from Volgograd, Maxim Marinin is from Volgograd, Tanya Totmianina is from Perm, and there are other skaters who came from the regions, and now when we come to perform in Volgograd we bring our own ice, everything is destroyed. In other words, roughly speaking, they milked us and did nothing.
Girl: Why isn't he fired yet if he does everything so bad for the federation of figure skating?
Alexei: That is politics, I'm a sportsman, maybe I'm a little bit of an actor, but I don't get into political matters. In this situation the president of the federation, Gorshkov is like a Valentin Nikolaevich's doggie and all matters are determined by Valentin Nikolaevich anyway. But he kept his promise indeed, he left.

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