Russian hockey participant Mikhail Vorobyov has escaped a jail sentence however has been fined 2 million rubles ($33,000) after being discovered responsible of trying to bribe an official to keep away from army service.

The decision towards Vorobyov, 25, was delivered on Tuesday at Leninsky District Courtroom within the metropolis of Ufa.

A former member of Ufa-based hockey crew Salavat Yulaev, Vorobyov was one in every of three hockey gamers to face costs as a part of an investigation into bribes paid to an worker of a army registration and enlistment workplace with a purpose to evade service.

On Monday, fellow former Salavat Yulaev participant Anvar Suleimanov, 22, was handed a suspended five-year jail sentence as a part of the identical investigation.   

Bribes reportedly amounted to 170,000-175,000 rubles ($2,780-$2,860), and allegations of offering pretend army paperwork are said to contain an area businessman, Farit Samigullin, and doubtlessly an official at a army workplace.     

Vorobyov had admitted his guilt and willingness to serve within the armed forces, with the case towards him being reclassified to tried bribery, in accordance with RBC Sport

A 3rd participant, Vladislav Lukin, continues to be to study the end result of his case though a trial is scheduled to start on September 22.

Every participant was going through a prolonged jail time period and hefty positive, though primarily based on the primary two punishments, Lukin appears more likely to escape that destiny.

Vorobyov is a ahead at one in every of Russia’s high hockey golf equipment, SKA St. Petersburg, the place he has performed since 2021.

He previously featured for NHL crew the Philadelphia Flyers and its farm membership within the American Hockey League.

The difficulty of Russian hockey gamers and army service has emerged as a heated matter in latest months.

Former CSKA Moscow goaltender Ivan Fedotov was detained in July on claims of trying to dodge his obligation forward of deliberate transfer to Philadelphia.

Fedotov, 25, and his authorized crew have denied these claims and have filed an enchantment, however any probabilities of him linking up together with his new crew appear slim because it was final reported that the goalie was present process coaching at a army heart in northern Russia.

There have been additionally claims that Russian winger Kirill Kaprizov was embroiled in a pretend army ID scandal, fueling fears that he may not return to NHL crew the Minnesota Wild.

These considerations proved unfounded, nonetheless, and the 25-year-old has now made his approach again to the US earlier than the beginning of the NHL season in October. 

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