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April 10, 1998
Mob story back in news
By DAVE FULLER -- Toronto Sun
A nine-page report in the May edition of Details magazine claims the Russian Mafia has its hooks into three NHL players -- Pavel Bure, Valeri Kamensky and Slava Fetisov.
The U.S-based publication alleges Fetisov was president of a New York import-export business called Slavic Inc., which laundered money for the Russian mob in the early 1990s.
The article, written by contributing editor Robert I. Friedman, also claims Kamensky helped Russian mobster Vyacheslav Sliva gain a visitor's visa to Canada where he quickly established a mafia base in Toronto.
Bure, the story says, was recently named president of Moscow-based Twenty First Century Association, which it alleges may be another mafia front.
While Fetisov admitted knowledge of Slavic Inc., he told reporters in Detroit "I have no relationship or no business dealings with the Russian Mafia."
The Details story claims numerous other NHLers from Eastern Europe
-- including Alexander Mogilny, Oleg Tverdovsky, Alexei Zhitnik and Vlad
Malakhov -- have been shaken down by mobsters.
The league says that's nonsense and described Friedman's article as a rehash of newspaper stories written five years ago. An NHL official added that Bopp "was nowhere to be seen" when league security officials helped in the arrest of two Russians who attempted to extort money from Mogilny and Tverdovsky in the early 1990s.
Bernadette Mansur, vice-president of corporate and media affairs for the NHL, said the league is co-operating with the FBI in its investigations into Russian mob activities and that security officials recently met with the RCMP's Eastern European Enforcement Unit in Ottawa.
"We're rather stunned (by the Details article)," she said.
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