The trial of Russian ice hockey goaltender Ivan Fedotov is ready to start on August 11, after the Olympic silver medallist filed a criticism in opposition to the Authorities’s makes an attempt to recruit him for army service.
Russia’s official state information company TASS, citing an digital doc launched by the court docket, reported that the trial on the Vsevolozhsk Metropolis Courtroom is because of begin subsequent month.
Earlier in July, Fedotov was arrested in Saint Petersburg on suspicion of evading army service following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
This was denied by his lawyer Alexey Ponomarev.
Fedotov was allegedly detained exterior the Ice Area Kupchino in Saint Petersburg and transported to the army registration and enlistment workplace, the place he reportedly turned unwell and needed to be transported to the hospital.
His authorized crew filed a criticism with the Vsevolozhsk Metropolis Courtroom looking for to invalidate the choice to name for army service.
The 25-year-old Finnish-born Russian signed a one-year entry degree contract with the Nationwide Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers in the USA, following the top of the Kontinental Hockey League season.
The goaltender had helped CSKA Moscow to win the Gagarin Cup, nevertheless it was reported that he was warned by membership officers that he would face issues if he didn’t signal a brand new contract with the crew.
CSKA is a membership which historically has robust hyperlinks to the Russian military.
Fedotov’s spouse Nadezhda not too long ago issued a message on his behalf, expressing his “gratitude” to “all my followers on this troublesome second, hockey followers, subscribers for the invisible help, for the feedback beneath the media posts”.
The goaltender was a part of the Russian Olympic Committee crew that earned males’s ice hockey silver on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
In Russia, one yr of army service within the armed forces is necessary for all male residents aged 18 to 27, with some exceptions.