The Ivan Fedotov story continues to develop on Sunday. The Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect has been sent to Severomorsk in the Kola Penninsula at night, according to his lawyer Alexei Ponomarev. Ponomarev said earlier in the day that Fedotov’s whereabouts were unknown, and that he was reportedly missing.
Severomorsk is the key base and headquarters for Vladimir Putin’s Northern Fleet. The Northern Fleet is the Russian Army’s fleet in the arctic.
Fedotov was detained on Friday at a St. Petersburg ice rink. Police then took him to a military enlistment office and accused him of trying to dodge the draft. While at the enlistment office, he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital via ambulance.
Per Russian media, Fedotov fell ill during the detainment at the military enlistment office and had to be taken away with an ambulance. Knowing the Russian regime's usual treatment of it's own citizens, I hope Fedotov is alright. https://t.co/j180M6SOY1 pic.twitter.com/UOogVzEkxH
— Karl Månsson (@karl_khl) July 2, 2022
Ponomarev told the Russian media that Fedotov was “given some kind of injections” that he didn’t understand, and that he and Fedotov’s family were not allowed to see the goalie.
Back in February, Fedotov helped lead the Russian Olympic Committee to a silver medal at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. The 6-foot-7 goaltender also helped lead his KHL club, CSKA Moscow, to the Gargarin Cup. Back in April, Fedotov said that he would leave CSKA to join the Flyers for the 2022-23 season. He then signed a one-year, entry-level deal with the Flyers in May, with general manager Chuck Fletcher expecting him to compete with Felix Sandstrom for the No. 2 spot behind Carter Hart.
Fedotov was born in Finland. He was a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 26 games with CSKA Moscow this season, Fedotov went 14-10-2 with a 2.00 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher addressed the incident on Friday.
“We’re aware of the reports, and we are investigating the situation,” Fletcher said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”
All Russian male citizens between 18 and 27 are subject to conscription for one year of service in the armed forces. The punishment for draft dodging is up to two years of imprisonment and a fine of 200,000 Russian Rubles.