Russian goalie Ivan Fedotov, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect arrested in his native country for trying to escape military service, was reportedly poisoned on Saturday in St. Petersburg, the day after his arrest.
After being apprehended by the police, Fedotov was transported to an enlistment office in the area. It was at this time that his state of health would have worsened and that he would have been transported to a hospital center. At least that’s what his lawyer, Alexei Ponomarev, explained to the Russian media « Match TV ».
“Right now we can’t say exactly how things are 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 had come for. They turned around, got into the car and made no further comments until they entered the hospital grounds.
Also according to the Russian media, the Russian authorities started looking for the goalkeeper after he had notified some members of CSKA Moscow, the team for which he played in the Continental Hockey League, of his desire to cross the ocean. to come to North America to pursue 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 the fear of seeing his health deteriorate further.
“Judging by the last contact with him, he is not feeling very well. He says he was given some kind of injection, which he doesn’t know about. He was told it was prescribed by a doctor. He doesn’t look very well. I can’t compare with yesterday’s condition, but he looks like a typical patient, Ponomarev added.
“As far as I know they are claiming he is in serious condition to transfer him to some sort of military investigative body, while he is arguing as best he can that it is not necessary . Events are developing rapidly.
“Information about his presence there was concealed in every possible way, despite the fact that he had a phone and had informed his relatives of his location. Employees of the military commissariat were informed that a complaint had been filed with the court and that the decision had been suspended. The court must decide the question, but the conscription procedure has been violated; it is strictly described in the law.”