A RUSSIAN ice hockey star who played in the Olympics and was planning a major move to a US team was caught on the street and accused of being a “draft dodger”.
Ivan Fedotov, 25, was taken to an army recruitment office after being dramatically arrested by a group of uniformed and plainclothes police officers in St Petersburg.
And shockingly, he was later taken away from the recruiting office by an ambulance.
Vladimir Putin’s cops have accused him of attempting to evade conscription – and the move is seen as revenge for him signing to play in the US for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Top goalkeeper Fedotov used to be at CSKA – a club with close ties to military Russia.
The Fontanka news agency reported that he can now be sent to the Russian army rather than the US.
He could end up fighting in Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine – but he could also be jailed if Vlad cracks down on dissenters.
“He was just arrested for dodging the army,” reported Russian journalist Dmitry Navosha
Fedotov – 6ft 7in tall – “hadn’t noticed [the USSR] is back”.
The player – the best goalkeeper in the continental hockey league [KHL] including Russia and China – made public his intention to play in the NHL.
And he was listed to represent Russia at the 2022 Winter Olympics in China earlier this year.
The gruesome operation appears to be a deliberate attempt to prevent him from going to the US and detaining him in Russia.
The video shows the moment of his arrest in an ice arena in St. Petersburg, Putin’s hometown.
He was at the registration office late that night before being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
A woman who tried to get into the ambulance – but was seen being pushed back – was reportedly his mother.
Fedotov’s whereabouts are currently unknown.
The man in charge of Russian ice hockey is Roman Rotenberg, son of Putin’s closest pal, oligarch Boris Rotenberg. Both men are being sanctioned by the US for their ties to Putin, as is Roman’s uncle Arkady Rotenberg.
A source told Fontanka that the military prosecutor’s office believes that “there are sufficient reasons to consider Fedotov an army fugitive.”
Despite being born in Finland and raised in Russia, the fact that he played for CSKA meant he was seen as a military man, a report said.
Nothing prevents sending tomorrow […] Fedotov to the army.
Technically, all Russian men can be drafted up to the age of 28, although few of the elite’s sons serve in the army and even fewer have been sent to fight in Ukraine.
Fedotov is the goalkeeper of the Russian national team.
If he refuses to serve, he faces imprisonment.
A source told Fontanka: “Nothing prevents sending hockey player Fedotov to the army tomorrow as well.”
As a conscript, he should – theoretically – not be sent to what Putin calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
Still, there are reports of conscripts – as young as 18 – being ordered to fight.
Among the conscripts at war were dozens, perhaps hundreds, aboard the Moskva cruiser, which was sunk in the Black Sea in April.
Putin’s cruel war in Ukraine continues, the Russians have lost up to 50,000 soldiers.
However, Kremlin forces are now pushing into the conflict in eastern Ukraine after more than 120 days.
Vlad had hoped to claim a lightning victory when he first stormed across the country to capture Kyiv.
The Ukrainians have instead put up a valiant resistance against a much larger enemy – pushing back Putin and inflicting heavy casualties on him.
Russia has resorted to brutal tactics, including killing civilians – just this week it bombed a crowded mall.
Western nations have united against Russia and supplied arms to help Ukraine.
However, fears remain that the conflict could spiral out of control and into a larger war if NATO takes a tougher stance on Russia.
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