Feb 23, 2021
Artemi Panarin assault allegations dont add up: ex-teammates
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In wake of assault allegations levied against Artemi Panarin by his former KHL coach to a Russian tabloid on Monday, which forced the Rangers’ star winger to step away from the NHL, three former teammates who played alongside Panarin during the 2011-12 season when the altercation allegedly occurred tell The Post that they have no recollection of any such incident happening.
All three players competed under the former Vityaz coach, Andrei Nazarov, who claims that Panarin beat up an 18-year-old girl while partying at a hotel bar in Riga, Latvia following a Vityaz road loss on Dec. 11, 2011.
Nazarov, a known supporter of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly criticized Panarin for the 29-year-old Russian native’s outspoken beliefs regarding Putin’s regime. Additionally, Nazarov also once called for foreign players who criticize Russia to be jailed.
Jon Mirasty, reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, said his former coach’s accusations seem “really fishy” and that he had never heard any rumblings of such an incident occurring.
“[Panarin] was a great kid, I have nothing but nice things to say about him, so when I heard that, I was like, ‘Oh, that doesn’t sound like him,’ ” Mirasty, a former left winger, told The Post. “And I’m pretty sure I would have heard something like that, you know, being one of the older veteran players there.
“I never heard anything like that, so I was kind of blown away. I’m obviously not saying it didn’t happen, but if I were to guess (it did’t happen). And why is it coming out 10 years later?”
As for Nazarov, Mirasty said he had a lot of respect for him considering he had played parts of 16 seasons in the NHL – with the Sharks, Lightning, Flames, Ducks, Coyotes and Wild – and was a well-established coach in the KHL.
“He treated me good, he was obviously an ex tough guy, and then played at the NHL level too,” Mirasty said. “He was always really good to us, and it was kind of a strange year for us there because there was very few of us that were all Canadian guys and we didn’t speak a word of Russian.
“We really related to him because he spoke pretty good English and I don’t have anything really bad to say about him either. That’s why, to me, this is all really shocking.”Artemi Panarin on Dec. 27, 2020NHLI via Getty Images
Mirasty questioned the timeline of the accusations and noted that he had seen Panarin publicly speak out against the Putin regime, which included him showing support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Instagram post last month.
“I don’t even think Panarin could even beat up a girl,” Mirasty said. “He was a little, skinny kid and he was always just smiling, making people laugh, and he was a hell of a hockey player.. It just don’t add up to me.”
Reached by Facebook messenger Tuesday afternoon, Kip Brennan, who briefly played for the Kings and Islanders, also said he didn’t know anything about Panarin’s involvement in a physical altercation with a woman during the season they played together.
“I didn’t know or hear that something like that ever happened,” he told The Post.
“He was a great guy, he was hilarious in the locker room. He always worked on his English with the North American guys and was a very talented young player.”
A third former teammate, who requested to remain anonymous, agreed with both Mirasty and Brennan’s stance on the situation.
“I just know Artemi as a very happy, funny guy,” he said. “Always had a smile on his face at the rink and was a good teammate.”
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Law enforcement agencies on high alert in the US Capitol for possible assault
Law enforcement agencies were on high alert Thursday around the US Capitol after intelligence uncovered a “possible plot” by a militia group to raid the iconic building again, two months after a crowd of Donald Trump supporters smashed windows. and doors to try to stop the certification of the victory of the now president Joe Biden.
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The threat appears to be related to a far-right fanciful theory, promoted mainly by QAnon supporters, that former President Trump will return to power on March 4 and that thousands will go to Washington DC to try to remove Democrats from office. March 4 was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to January 20.
Authorities detected online exchanges between members of Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, about possible plots against the Capitol on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter and who spoke on condition of anonymity. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on January 6.
The threat emerged as Capitol police and other security agencies were criticized in congressional hearings for their failed response in the January 6 riots. Police were ill-prepared for violent Trump supporters, and even National Guard reinforcements took hours to arrive. By then the mob had broken in and roamed the corridors for hours.
The guard in charge of the security of the legislative palace warned in a statement that “it is aware and prepared for any potential threat to members of Congress or to the Capitol complex.”
Legislators, congressional staff and law enforcement authorities are still nervous after the January 6 attack, although security around the Capitol remains at an unprecedented level.