Russia goaltender Ivan Fedotov, a Philadelphia Flyers candidate who was arrested in his home country for trying to escape military service, was reportedly poisoned in St. Petersburg on Saturday, a day after his arrest.
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After being arrested by the police, Fedotov was transported to a recruiting office in the area. By that time, his health would have deteriorated and he would have been transported to a hospital center. At least that’s what his lawyer Alexei Ponomarev explained to the Russian medium “Match TV”.
“At the moment we can’t say exactly how it’s going. He was in the hospital, but for some reason he wasn’t listed like the other patients. Neither we nor his parents were allowed to see him, Ponomarev explained. Recently, the military police entered the territory of the hospital. I introduced myself to them, said I was a lawyer and asked what problem they came with. They turned, got in the car and made no further comment until they entered the hospital grounds.
Also according to Russian media, Russian authorities began searching for the goaltender after he told some members of CSKA Moscow, the team he played for in the Continental Hockey League, about his desire to cross the ocean to go to North America come to continue his career in the National League.
What worries the clan of the Flyers’ seventh-round pick (188th overall) even more in 2015 is the lack of communication and fears of a further deterioration in their health.
“Judging by the last contact with him, he’s not feeling very well. He says he got some kind of injection he doesn’t know about. He was told it was prescribed by a doctor. He doesn’t look very good. I can’t compare yesterday’s condition, but it looks like a typical patient, Ponomarev added.
“As far as I know, they’re claiming he’s in serious condition to turn him over to some sort of military investigative agency, while arguing as best they can that it’s not necessary. Events develop rapidly.
“Information about his presence there was concealed in every possible way, although he had a telephone and had informed his relatives of his whereabouts. Military Commissariat officials were informed that a complaint had been lodged with the court and the decision had been suspended. The court has to decide the question, but conscription procedure has been violated; it is strictly described in the law.”