According to the Russian publication Fontanka, the military prosecutor’s office believes that there are grounds to “consider Fedotov an army evader.”
Speaking to Russian state media RIA Novosti, his lawyer Alexei Ponomarev denied that Fedotov shied away from military service.
The 25-year-old Russian of Finnish descent signed a one-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers on May 7, after the end of the KHL season in the Russian-Chinese Hockey League, where he led CSKA Moscow to Gagarin Cup victory. .
Fedotov was detained at the Kupchino ice arena in St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg, he was taken to the military registration and enlistment office, where he became ill and had to be taken to the hospital, according to Fontanka.
“We are aware of these 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 sent to CNN.
In an interview on Saturday with Russian news agency Match.TV, Ponomarev said that he and Fedotov’s parents had been banned from seeing the goalkeeper in the hospital.
“At the moment, we cannot say exactly how things are. He was in the hospital, at least in fact, but for some reason he is not listed among other patients, ”said Ponomarev.
“Recently, the military police entered the territory of the hospital. I introduced myself to them, said that I was a lawyer, and asked what issue they had come for. They turned around, got into the car and did not give any more comments until they were allowed into the hospital grounds.
“We haven’t heard anything since then. As far as I understand, they want to transfer him in serious condition to some kind of military investigative body. While he argues as best he can that this is not necessary, but events are developing rapidly, now he does not go to connection”.
In Russia, all men between the ages of 18 and 27 are required to complete one year of military service, with some exceptions. Draft evasion can be punished by heavy fines and imprisonment for up to two years.”
“It is difficult to predict his fate,” Ponomarev added. “He was on the territory of the city military enlistment office, but he is at the military enlistment office in Moscow. They found a registration certificate, but he lives in Vsevolozhsk. That is, the military enlistment office has nothing to do with the city military enlistment office.
“Also yesterday, information about his stay there was hidden in every possible way, despite the fact that he had a telephone and told his relatives that he was there. The military registration and enlistment office employees were informed that an application had been filed with the court and the decision had been suspended.
“This issue should be decided by the court, but the procedure for conscription for military service was violated. This is strictly prescribed by law. It is clear that it is not so simple. Judging by the last contact with him, he does not feel very well,” Ponomarev concluded.
CNN contacted the NHL, CSKA Moscow, the Russian Hockey Federation and Ponomarev, but did not immediately receive a response.
The Russian Olympic Committee goaltender who helped his team win a silver medal in men’s ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics was reportedly detained on the same day that the trial of two-time U.S. Olympic basketball champion Britney Griner began near Moscow on charges of drug smuggling. which can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.
Griner’s supporters and US officials say she is wrongfully detained and are calling for her release as fears grow that she is being used as a political pawn amid growing tensions between Russia and the US.
At trial, the prosecutor charged Griner with smuggling less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage and carry-on. The second court session is scheduled for July 7.