According to the Russian news channel Fontanka, the military prosecutor’s office believes that there are reasons to “consider Fedotov as an army evader”.
Speaking to Russian state media RIA Novosti, his lawyer Alexey Ponomarev denied that Fedotov had evaded military service.
The 25-year-old Finnish-born Russian signed a one-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers on May 7, after the season of the Russian and Chinese hockey league KHL, where he led CSKA Moscow to the Gagarin Cup.
Fedotov was detained outside the Kupchino Ice Arena in St. Petersburg and transported to the military registration and recruiting office, where he fell ill and had to be transported to hospital, Fontanka reported.
“We are aware of the reports and are investigating the situation. We have no further comment at this time,” Chuck Fletcher, Flyers President of Hockey Operations, said in a statement to DailyExpertNews.
In an interview with Russian news channel Match.TV on Saturday, Ponomarev said he and Fedotov’s parents were prohibited from seeing the goalkeeper in the hospital.
“At the moment we can’t say exactly how things are going. He was in the hospital, at least in fact, but for some reason he wasn’t listed among the other patients,” Ponomarev said.
“Recently, the military police entered the hospital grounds. I introduced myself to them, said I was a lawyer and asked what they were coming for. They turned around, got into the car and didn’t comment until they were admitted to the hospital grounds. .
“Since then we have heard nothing more. As far as I understand, they want to hand him over in serious condition to some sort of military investigative body. Although he claims as best he can that this is not necessary, events are developing rapidly, now he is not contacting on.”
In Russia, all men between the ages of 18 and 27 must complete one year of military service, with some exceptions. Evasion of military service is punishable by heavy fines and sentences of up to two years in prison.”
“It is difficult to predict his fate,” Ponomarev added. “He was in the territory of the military registration and recruitment office of the city, but he is registered with the army in Moscow. They found his registration certificate, but he lives in Vsevolozhsk. That is, he has nothing to do with the city’s military registration and employment office.
“Also yesterday, information about his presence there was hidden in every possible way, despite the fact that he had a telephone and informed his relatives that he was there. The employees of the military commissariat were informed that a complaint had been lodged with the court and the decision was suspended.
“The court has to resolve this matter, but the conscription procedure has been violated. It is strictly described in the law. It is clear that this is not so simple. Judging by the last contact with him, he is not feeling very well,” Ponomarev concluded :
DailyExpertNews has contacted the NHL, CSKA Moscow, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and Ponomarev, but did not get anything back immediately.
The Russian Olympic Committee goalkeeper, who helped his team win silver in men’s ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics, was reportedly detained on the same day that Brittney Griner, two-time US Olympic basketball basketball gold medalist, was in the near Moscow, on charges of drug smuggling. which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Griner supporters and US officials say she was wrongfully detained and have called for her release as fears mount that she is being used as a political pawn amid mounting tensions between Russia and the US.
At the trial, Griner was charged by a prosecutor with smuggling less than an ounce of cannabis oil in her luggage and carry-on. The second hearing of the trial will take place on July 7.