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“Artemi vehemently denies any allegations in this fabricated story,” said the New York Rangers. It is about “intimidation tactics”, since Artemi Panarin had recently made political statements.
The NHL professional supports Russian government critic Alexej Navalny and has publicly criticized President Vladimir Putin in the past. The 29-year-old is taking a break to clarify the matter and resolutely defends himself against the allegations.
KHL trainer Andrei Nazarov claims in an article on the site ALhockey.ru, Panarin beat an 18-year-old in a hotel bar in Riga in December 2011 when he was playing in Vityas Podolsk. Nazarow was the coach of the KHL club from Podolsk at the time.
The attacker is the Rangers’ top scorer with 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 14 games.
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