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Old 02-22-2021, 09:31 AM   #1
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Icon36 Panarin taking a leave of absence after allegations surface in Russia

Panarin has been critical of the Putin government and supporting the opposition leader on social media

https://twitter.com/user/status/1363888733637005314

https://twitter.com/user/status/1363873195087003653
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:37 AM   #2
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:39 AM   #3
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Is it just me or does him stepping away make him look guilty?
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:44 AM   #4
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What about the time Semin threw hands at Marc Staal like he was an 18 year old girl?
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Is it just me or does him stepping away make him look guilty?
Hard to say as it could be a smear campaign by Putin.
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He's not 'stepping away' he's going into hiding
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:56 AM   #7
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He would be lucky if a public smear campaign is all he gets for speaking against the Putin government.
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Maybe he can play for the Chiefs one day
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:58 AM   #9
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Is it just me or does him stepping away make him look guilty?
Probably doesn't want to be a distraction to the team, you know that is all the media would be asking about on game days (and in between).
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Yikes. While you hope the allegation isn’t true, the circumstances make it automatically suspect. I wonder why he’d take a leave though. It would seem like hockey would be a good distraction.
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Is it just me or does him stepping away make him look guilty?
I think he's probably fearing for his life.
we've all seen what happens to critics of Putin.

The smear campaign is probably his warning to shut up or worse will happen.
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Yikes. While you hope the allegation isnt true, the circumstances make it automatically suspect. I wonder why hed take a leave though. It would seem like hockey would be a good distraction.
To me it looks like this alleged assault is nothing more than a smear campaign put on by the government. Panarin publicly spoke against Putin regarding the treatment of Alexei Navalny.

The accusation is coming from Andrei Nazarov- a known loose cannon in Russian hockey. Panarin still has family and friends in Russia. This is a very interesting story.
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Old 02-22-2021, 10:37 AM   #14
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Wow that's quite the statement from the NY Rangers. They're not sugarcoating it at all, and they're completely supporting Panarin.
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I like that statement from the team. Not tap dancing around the issue and supporting their player
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Unreal, good for him for being outspoken against that nightmare government/regime. Takes some immeasurable balls to do that and I respect Artemi even more now and wish him well through all this. More Russians in his kind of position need to keep doing this, people like Putin need to be put down like the sick dogs that they are but never will be if they are continually allowed to dictate as they have been. Crazy to see a story like this in the league but definitely not shocked by it. All the best Artemi!
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I think he's probably fearing for his life.
we've all seen what happens to critics of Putin.

The smear campaign is probably his warning to shut up or worse will happen.
Not to mention he probably has family back in Russia whom hes worried about and since he has the means to do so I wouldnt be surprised if this was more about planning to get them out of there. Good on the Rangers organization for being so publicly supportive of him in this situation, Im sure that wasnt an easy decision to make given the circumstances.
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An interesting theory I just read, this also gives the Russians an excuse to not have him on the olympic team as well
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The Rangers working to identify the source. I hear they are going to check with the boys at the crime lab

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An interesting theory I just read, this also gives the Russians an excuse to not have him on the olympic team as well
Lol if Putin wants to get a gold medal that means anything hes gotta stop shooting his team in the foot.
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