"He is fully responsible for the damage to Ukraine": the legend of world sports put in the place of the Russian Fetisov
Legendary hockey goalkeeper Dominik Hasek has categorically responded to former Russian national team player Vyacheslav Fetisov's demand that Russia return the money he earned while playing for Spartak Moscow. The Nagano 98 Olympic champion noted that he had earned it through his work, and also played for the Red and Whites at a time when no one could have thought of an imminent war against Ukraine.
Gashek said this in an interview with CNN Prime News. The two-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit emphasized that in the early 2010s, Russia seemed to him a fairly democratic country, but now it has turned into an aggressive state with imperial aspirations.
"Back then, I would never have thought that four years later it would annex Crimea and subsequently launch the largest imperialist war in Europe since World War II. I earned the money through my work, the club owes me nothing, and neither do I. I personally don't demand anything from them for the fact that the situation in Russia has changed and they have started a war against a free country. However, I will certainly support Russia paying for all the material damage it has caused to Ukraine, as well as for all the lives lost, for which it is fully responsible," said Hasek.
Earlier, he said that non-Russians have no right to play in international tournaments "until they leave Ukraine and put Putin on trial." For this, CSKA's honorary president Boris Mikhailov attacked the Czech with insults.
It is worth noting that Hasek has consistently spoken out in support of Ukraine. After a trip to Kyiv and Kharkiv last summer, he recorded a video message to Ukrainians, wishing them to "drive the Russian sh*t away."