Former boxer Nikolai Valuyev is one of hundreds of thousands of Russians called up to fight in Ukraine. He will soon report to a registration office, the Russian channel reports Izvestia.
Valuyev (49) is a two-time heavyweight champion. Never was there a bigger and heavier champion than him. With his height of 2.13 meters and (then) a top weight of about 149 kilos, it was not for nothing that he became the ‘Beast from the East’ named; Beast of the East.
He retired from fighting in 2009 and is now a member of the State Duma, the Russian parliament. He is there on behalf of United Russia, President Putin’s party. Valuyev has also had some other careers, for example as a film actor and writer. And now he is going to work as a soldier. He has already received his call and says he will report next week.
Duma members are actually exempted from mobilization, but four parliamentarians feel uneasy about this after the partial mobilization, writes Izvestia. They do not want to hide and sign up for the ‘special military operation’, as the war should be called in Russian media.
It is not for nothing that the mobilization of boxing hero Valuyev is widely reported in the Russian media. He is set as an example to other Russians, many of whom are not at all willing to fight. At the borders with Finland, Georgia and Kazakhstan, among others, kilometers of queues have formed since last Wednesday’s mobilization call. Tickets for flights to destinations that Russians can still fly to were quickly sold out.
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