d) If he wants to achieve his goals as VP of tennis federation (and P in the future) he HAS to join this party. This is modern russia reality and we all have to deal with it, no matter how sad this fact makes me personally.
You are right. And it makes me sad too. But I insist that someone in his privileged position always has a choice, no matter how ambitious he may be. My reaction with Marat joining the party has mainly to do with surprise, not dismay. He's had such an international background, so I have a hard time understanding his decision. That's why I've been trying to analyze it. Of course I can't know what he's really thinking, unless he gives an interview about it.
Anyway, for those who feel like posters like me are attacking Russia unfairly, first of all, I'm sorry if I deeply offended someone. It's only an opinion, but I own it. I do have a pretty good picture of life in Russia. I've spent a bit of time in Moscow, I've gotten to know many Russians over the years through school and work, and being a Russophile in terms of the arts and humanities, I try to stay informed about the news over there. I even lived in a communist, Eastern European country as a child, and while it wasn't Russia, I have a decent understanding of the changes, both positive and negative in nature, that have occurred over the years in that region.
I am informed enough to have formed a deeply critical opinion of the dominant Russian government. If I were Russian, I would begrudgingly accept its reign, for good and bad, like most Russians do, but I certainly wouldn't want to be an active part of it; especially if, like Marat, I had the money and connections to do business elsewhere (still in Russia or wherever, perhaps even schmoozing with political figures when necessary, but acting as an independent agent).