New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team in the wake of a politically motivated article from Russia, alleging that her former Vitaz head coach ex-Agarwal of the Moscow Region club beat an 18-year-old Riga in 2011, Larry Brooks of The Post, the girl in Latvia, reported Monday morning.
Andrei Nazarov, currently the head coach of the KHL’s Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, has repeatedly criticized Panarin for further vocal beliefs about the regime of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Nazarov is a known Putin supporter.
The Rangers are expected to issue a statement on the situation.
In July 2019, Panarin sat down for an interview with Vsemu Golovin YouTube channel and Putin. It was a rash interview in which the 2020 Heart Trophy finalists – barefoot in their living room in St. Petersburg – criticized Putin’s entire regime.
Panarin discussed Russian politics, the economy, the freedom to speak and drew many ineffective comparisons of his homeland to the United States.
Panarin’s grandparents still live in Russia, along with some other family members.