Ivan Fedotov: Russian hockey player detained in Russia for allegedly evading military service, per reports

    Fedotov is a 25-year-old Finnish-born Russian

    (CNN)Russian goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov was detained in St. Petersburg on the request of the military prosecutor's office on Friday for evading military service, according to reports from Russian media outlets.

    According to Russian news outlet Fontanka, the military prosecutor's office believes that there are grounds to "consider Fedotov an army evader."
    Speaking to Russian state media RIA Novosti, his lawyer Alexey Ponomarev denied that Fedotov had evaded military service.
      The 25-year-old Finnish-born Russian signed a one year entry level contract with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers on May 7, after the conclusion of Russian and Chinese hockey league KHL's season, where he led CSKA Moscow to win the Gagarin Cup.
        Fedotov was detained outside the Ice Arena Kupchino in St. Petersburg and was transported to the military registration and enlistment office, where he became ill and had to be transported to the hospital, Fontanka reported.
        "We're aware of the reports and are investigating the situation. We have no further comment at this time," Chuck Fletcher, Flyers President of Hockey Operations, said in a statement sent to CNN.
          Ivan Fedotov was taken to hospital after falling ill.
          In an interview with Russian news outlet Match.TV on Saturday, Ponomarev said he and Fedotov's parents were prohibited from seeing the goalkeeper in the hospital.
          "At this moment, we can't say exactly how things are. He was in the hospital, at least in fact, but for some reason he was not listed as the other patients," Ponomarev said.
          "Recently, the military police entered the territory of the hospital. I introduced myself to them, said that I was a lawyer and asked what issue they had come for. They turned around, got into the car and did not give any more comments until they were let into the hospital grounds.
          "Since then, we have not heard anything. As far as I understand, they want to transfer him in a serious condition to some kind of military investigative body. While he argues as best he can that this is not necessary, but events are developing rapidly, now he does not get in touch."
          In Russia, all men between 18 and 27 are required to complete one year of military service, with some exemptions. Evasion of conscription, can be punishable by heavy fines and sentences of up to two years in prison."
          "It is difficult to predict his fate," Ponomarev added. "He was on the territory of the city military registration and enlistment office, but he is registered with the military in Moscow. They found his registration certificate, but he lives in Vsevolozhsk. That is, he has nothing to do with the city military registration and enlistment office.
          Ivan Fedotov helped the ROC win silver at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.