Russian hockey star drops trial amid military service – Reuters

Ivan Fedotov withdrew his complaint after being detained in Saint Petersburg in early July

Russian ice hockey player Ivan Fedotov will not challenge the decision to call him up for military service, a court has heard, after the goalkeeper was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of trying to evade its functions.

The City Court in Vsevolozhsk, near St. Petersburg, revealed developments in the case on Tuesday.

“The plaintiff abandoned the claim, filed a motion and the denial was accepted by the court. The session was held in the absence of the parties. said Judge Natalia Korableva, quoted by TASS.

The official added that the court can now close the case in its entirety or the “pertinent” part concerning Fedotov’s protests against his conscription.

“Repeated appeal in a dispute between the same parties on the same subject and on the same grounds is not permitted”, said Korableva.

“The decision can be appealed to the Leningrad Regional Court within 15 days by filing a private complaint with the Vsevolozhsk City Court.”

Fedotov was arrested July 1 in St. Petersburg on suspicion of escaping military service.

He was later moved to northern Russia, where he was last reported to be undergoing training in the Archangelsk region.

The 25-year-old’s case emerged after he left Russian side CSKA Moscow and was set to join the NHL, where he signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Flyers of Philadelphia.

Fedotov helped CSKA win the Gagarin Cup last season – which is the KHL’s equivalent of the NHL’s Stanley Cup – and was named the league’s goaltender of the year.

He was also part of the Russian team that won silver at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in February.

CSKA, which is a side with traditional ties to the Russian military, earlier this month denied reports they were looking to re-sign Fedotov or potentially swap him with a player from the rival team of the SKA Saint-Petersburg.

Russian hockey giants deny rumors in star's military service scandal

The issue of Russian ice hockey stars and military service has become a hot topic this summer.

Three players have been sued in recent months after they were accused of trying to pay bribes to receive fake military IDs to dodge national service.

Two stars have already had their cases heard, both avoiding prison but one fined and the other given a suspended sentence.

Russian NHL star winger Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild was also mentioned in allegations of attempting to obtain false documents, although those allegations were found to be unfounded and he has since returned to the United States to join his team.

The 12-month military service is compulsory for all Russian men between the ages of 18 and 27, unless they have a valid exemption.


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