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Russian politician: Varlamov arrest is ‘an effort to weaken our national team’

Oct 31, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche prepares to face the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on October 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Predators 3-1.
(October 3, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

From NBC OlympicTalk:

A senior Russian politician says Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov‘s arrest over domestic violence charges is motivated by the U.S. attempting to weaken Russia’s hockey team for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

“I’m confident of Semyon’s innocence,” State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh said, according to R-Sport. “I think it is sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics.”

Per Voice of Russia, Ananskikh went on to call the situation “really strange, given that the Sochi Olympics will take place soon and Varlamov is a candidate to become part of our national hockey team which we do count on. What about presumption of innocence? It’s not normal at all. Varlamov will fall out of the training process which will have an impact on his readiness before the Olympics in Sochi. The first thing that comes to my mind is that it is an effort to weaken our national team.”

Funny, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is empathy for the alleged victim, not a conspiracy theory connecting international hockey with the Denver Police Department.

Related: ‘No crime was committed,’ says Varlamov’s father

  1. 950003cups - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM



  2. hockey412 - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Hmmm…indeed…yet the fact that he turned himself in strongly indicates that Varlamov is actually a spy, hired by the US Gov’t to weaken the Russian team.

    All the pieces are starting to fall into place.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      they should just ask ed snowden, i’m sure he has some valuable information that will bring to light the american conspiracy to derail the russian olympic efforts.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Lol. Gotta be! Can’t below I didn’t see that, it’s so obvious!!

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    holy sh**, man. is this really another episode of “Let’s hear what everybody else thinks about this situation!”? i, for one, couldn’t give two sh**s what a Russian politician says. their politicians aren’t exactly a sterling example of sanity anyway.

    • govtminion - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      “He learned it from YOU! He learned to kidnap and torture from YOU, Putin!” *sob*

  4. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Its not a political move for crying out loud.

    If Varlomov did something than he is going to be charged accordingly. If not, then charges will be dropped.

    Do you really think the Denver Police are arresting one of the teams most important players based on political motive?

    Lets see what happens to all international players in the KHL….I see something fishy is gonna happen if this is the stance that the Russian government has.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      while I agree with you, that wasn’t exactly the most compelling argument. here’s one: The US doesn’t care NEARLY enough about Olympic hockey to start having players arrested.

      • pepper2011 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        When they arrest Lunqvist, Rask, Price, Luongo, and Smith – I’ll listen, but his arrest did nothing to strengthen team USA’s position.

    • somekat - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      how can anything happen to players in the KHL? They would only hypothetically target U.S. players, and any U.S. players in the KHL has no shot at the national team anyway

      Do we have professional curlers over there or something?

  5. joey4id - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Hahahaha! Igor, we have the NSA cracking into your computers to get access to your playbook. No need for increasing the workload of the law officers in the DPD.

  6. pxland - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    This is exactly how the movie “Red Dawn” started.

  7. Anoesis - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Good to know the U.S. hasn’t cornered the market on paranoid, out-of-touch, loony-tunes politicians.

  8. thailer35 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    This sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.

  9. ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I guess they don’t have bond in Russia. Here in the US, he IS innocent until proven guilty.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Tell that to Aaron Hernandez.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        Murder > Domestic violence.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        O I hear ya and I agree. Just saying Hernandez hasn’t been proven guilty by the court of law and has been incarcerated for what 6 months now .

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Also you forgot the felony kidnapping charge. Just saying.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        when a guy murders several people, and DOESN’T turn himself in, he’s probably a flight risk. when a guy accused of a felony turns himself in, he usually gets bond. last I checked, Hernandez is in jail, not prison. probably wearing his street clothes.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Right there you prove my point. He “allegedly” murdered several people. I am not a supporter of Aaron Hernandez by any means. I am just saying the innocent till proven guilty part of America isn’t what it used to be. Hernandez is in prison in a #’d orange jump suit and is given the same restrictions as all the other convicted inmates. He does get a fair trial , but until that trial takes place he’s locked up.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        you’re wrong, he’s in jail. but seeing as how it’s long term, you’re probably right in that he’s wearing a jumper.

      • stutz1932 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Aaron Hernandez is on remand, which means he is a flight risk and will not be allowed bail. He has to be jailed until his trial. The judge makes this decision based on whether or not the person is a flight risk and the severity of the charges.
        For Varly, the felony charge does not allow him an immediate bond, he has to stand in front of a judge first. The other charge was a misdemeanor and if it was the only one, he could have been out five minutes after turning himself in to the police.

  10. stakex - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    If an American athlete in Russia was arrested, I’m sure you would have at least a couple US politicians doing the same thing. Every country has its crazies who think everything that goes wrong is a conspiracy… we have Ted Cruise, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin, and apparently the Russians have Igor Ananskikh.

    • vshehane - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      We have our own criminal faction as well, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, Hilary Clinton.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        …while other posters eagerly drink Tea Party poison…

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        People are drinking poison?? What?? Better sign up for obomacare to get the treatment they deserve. WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE WEBSITE DOESN’T WORK. ahhhhhhhh.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Repeating misleading talking points isn’t helping your case.

      • skr213 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Idiot alert. Yeah, those folks are all criminals. They all lied about foreign intelligence to start a foreign war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of upstanding American soldiers. Oh, wait, no that was the last dude. Or setting up a system that allows secret spying on everyone. Oh, wait, that was the last dude. Get a grip and leave your stupid politics out of this fine and decent HOCKEY PAGE.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Every forum has a crazy poster too. Thanks for being PHT stakex!

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      How did you leave nancy pelosi off that list. When I think of mentally unstable politicians she’s at the top of the list. Closely followed by Anthony wiener.

  11. jpelle82 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    i hope somebody, anybody sticks it to the russians bad this olympics. finland, canada, us, sweden….dont care who wins as long as its not russia.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      I hope it’s a team like Norway, something REALLY embarrassing.

      • xdj511 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Or Great Britian. Or… maybe somebody will go all Cool Runnings on them… like Trinidad and Tobago. Now that would be hysterical!

      • ibieiniid - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        feel di ryddim, feel di rhyme, get on up, it’s upset time.

  12. pone27 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Dude acting like Varlamov is Rinne or Lundy or something…..

    Come on man, does this Russian politician really think we are arresting Varlamov because he will be the reason to give us an upper hand against Russia?

    I’d try to arrest Datsyuk, Malkin, or Ovie if that was the case.

    Gotta love dem Politics!

  13. micasa81 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Russian government is have mission make all world understand it is glorious nation. Also it make certain videogameproducers show this facts:

  14. 2qswing - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I agree with him because there are no other quality Russian goaltenders, like a defending Vezina winner or anything. Losing Vrlamov, who has played well for 11 games now,would doom the Russians.

  15. bloodsoakedkittenmittens - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Sounds like the Michelle Bachmann equivalent of Russian politicians.

  16. rahavort - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Yeah, they want to screw your hockey team over and ignore the fact he punched a women in the face. Makes perfect sense.

  17. drewsylvania - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    He turned himself in, *** hole. Did you hire the GOP’s propagandist?

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Best comment ever

  18. barkar942 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Ananskikh is worried that this is going to hurt the Rissian team? He should just be worried about Ovie and Kovy playing…. I mean ATTEMPTING to play defense!
    He is just looking for other excuses when Ovie goes into dead controller mode.

  19. drewzducks - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Is it too late for him to claim to be a Kennedy ?

  20. hockeyflow33 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    What they didn’t tell you is that the Russian politician is joey4id

  21. jets4gold - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    this guy is an idoit. complete idoit.

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