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Politicians often reveal themselves as playboys. It’s a rare twist of fate when a siren who poses for Playboy tries her hand in politics. Playmate Maria Kozhevnikova has just done just that and joined the Russian State Duma.
The 27-year-old star of a popular Russian sitcom has become one of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party’s MPs. She describes it as “a big event” in her life.
The big-eyed Russian actress joins a long line of girls who’ve done glamour modelling and then entered government. Olympic champion gymnast Svetlana Khorkina posed for a glossy magazine stripped down to her underwear. United Russia deputy and Olympic champion speed skater Sventala Zhurova posed topless for GQ magazine, and Olympic champion gymnast turned politician Alina Kabaeva, is considered as one of the world’s sexiest members of parliament.
The newly-elected blond Kozhevnikova also has some Olympic roots. She’s the daughter of a Soviet ice hockey player Aleksandr Kozhevnikov who was twice an Olympic champion.
The versatile Maria sang with a band called Love Stories before launching a film career. To boost her popularity and show off her acting potential Kozhevnikova posed nude for Playboy, reportedly after splitting up with her boyfriend.
Kozhevnikova’s promising political career started when she became a member of the Young Guard of United Russia, like the alleged spy Anna Chapman.