Ice hockey star ordered to do penal duty in the Arctic

The Russian national ice hockey player Ivan Fedotov, who was arrested for allegedly refusing to do military service, will probably be transferred to a military base on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya. This was reported by the “Tass” news agency, citing an informant in the Russian security organs.

Fedotov wanted to leave his previous club CSKA Moscow to play in the North American ice hockey league NHL. Fedotov was held by unknown persons after training in St. Petersburg on Friday and taken to a pickup truck.

Later it became known that he was taken to a district military replacement office and held there. After staying there for several hours, the athlete became ill and had to be taken to a clinic by ambulance.

Fedotov was then taken to Severomorsk Naval Base, north of Murmansk, on Sunday. “He will probably serve in one of the military units based on the island of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic Ocean,” said an anonymous spokesman for the Russian security organs.

Novaya Zemlya is also known as the former Soviet nuclear test site.

Fedotov wanted to play for the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL from the coming season. Last season, the Russian international won the Gagarin Cup as a goalkeeper with CSKA Moscow. His contract expired at the end of June.

Columnist Anton Orech suspects that Fedotov’s call-up is related to the CSKA leadership’s anger at the move. As a CSKA player, Fedotov, 25, was an official member of the Russian Armed Forces.

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