The goaltender, who has a rookie contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, was preparing to leave for the United States in early July before being abruptly intercepted and detained outside an arena from Saint Petersburg.
His lawyer, Alexei Pomonarev, told the Russian media that his client’s conscription is illegal because Fedotov does not live where he was requisitioned by the army.
If it is deemed illegal, then he will be released, regardless of whether he has already started his service or not.said Me Pomonarev who did not respond to the interview request made by our CBC colleagues.
Fedotov is actually officially registered as a resident of Moscow, where he was lining up with CSKA’s roster during the 2021-2022 season.
Me Pomonarev has also filed an appeal against the enrollment of the hockey player at the municipal court of Vsevolozhsk, which is to be heard this fall.
The 25-year-old was expected to attend the Flyers’ summer development camp, but was barred when he was arrested on suspicion of trying to escape military service.
Other similar cases
On Wednesday, two more professional hockey players appeared before a judge in Russia to face charges of bribing a police officer to help them escape conscription.
According to what is reported in the Russian media, the two men are in custody at their home and face a prison sentence of up to 12 years in detention.
Very few Russian hockey players or headliners have dared to comment publicly on Fedotov’s case.
One of the few to speak out on the issue is Grigori Panin, player and captain of Slavat Yulaev from Ufa of the Russian Continental League (KHL).
On Instagram under a photo posted by Fedotov, he criticized the continued silences of Russia’s sports circles, adding that
anyone could suffer a similar situation and especially the young people who bring honor to the country and defend our flag in different competitions.
Fedotov just wants to play hockey, but someone somewhere doesn’t believe it. This is a precedent for all he concluded.
Russian authorities say Fedotov’s detention is neither personal nor political.
With information from Briar Stewart, CBC Sports.