Would that politics were like that, monkeytattoo. It would be great if it were.
As pointed out by others, its not just "toeing the party line" that's at issue here.
I don’t think that’s the only issue! I was responding to the points you made in your original post.
Its not what "tied his hands" which concerns me - that's par for the course. [b]Its his opening his mouth and announcing that he has accomplished things when those things haven't been accomplished at all and when its not his place to make the announcements in any case … Its not only that this looks like him trying to lock other people into decisions that have only been talked about and not yet signed, sealed and delivered. Its also that it makes him easy fodder for more astute and wily politicians to manipulate and, if they are seeking to do so, to destroy.
I don’t know that Marat is such easy fodder for destruction, simply because he may
have jumped the gun a couple times, or is gung-ho to get things done.
Also I thought Renat Zagidullan’s comments on Marat’s "hotheadedness" were pretty incisive and understanding, almost to the point of avuncular!
In any case, Marat is smart and adaptable, as masha pointed out, and will learn the ropes as he goes along, helped by his existing friends in business and politics, who seem genuinely supportive of him and presumably his (so far honourable) aims.
I also don’t remember him saying anything definitive about the Kazan tournament.
There are also other forces at work in Russian politics - like personal enrichment - which can be a fairly strong motivating force for those politicians whom Marat would be interacting with. From the outside, Russian politics looks like an interplay of "powerful friends". Sure, Marat understands the necessity of cultivating "powerful friends" in that environment - his tennis association with Sharpi shows that - but what is it that the "powerful friends" would want of him?
Again, I don’t think Marat is a particularly ripe subject for exploitation, he’s far too shrewd and surely cannot be blind to the nature of Russian politics, or the structure of power. He also strikes me as a man of too much dignity and integrity to trade business favours as a matter of course. Somehow I can’t imagine the words “the ends justify the means” ever escaping his lips, although of course I could be wrong.
Getting the votes in for a particular political party doesn't seem to be a problem - for whatever reason - in the Russian Federation. So, it would not be Marat's electoral popularity (however much of that he has) that would get him the support of other politicians for whatever he might be seeking to accomplish by entering the political fray.
For sure, popularity per se is insufficient to secure the necessary political support or will to get projects off the ground, and again I don’t imagine Marat is so naïve to think otherwise for one moment. I see his “entering the political fray” as a sign of his determination to keep Russian tennis afloat and to ensure its development for future generations.
At any rate, I’m sure we’ll hear soon enough from the man himself in an interview.