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Slava Fetisov’s interview with WDIV leaves us with more questions than answers

This is hard to watch, and not because Slava Fetisov's English is a bit broken. Ahead of, ironically enough, a City Council vote that will determine whether the City expands Downtown Detroit's footprint by 40 blocks to encompass the Red Wings' follow-on rink (as reported by WDIV's Mara MacDonald, the vote will apparently be close), WDIV aired an interview in which Devin Scillian spoke with a current Russian senatoral representative from Vladivostok, a former KHL executive and Russia's former Minister of Sport in one Slava Fetisov.

Fetisov spoke with Scillian as part of the lead-in to the Sochi Olympics, and he addressed the accident which left Sergei Mnatsakanov and Vladimir Konstantinov (who Fetisov points out he knew since Konstantiov was 14) with severe and life-altering injuries. If Fetisov is to be believed, limo driver Richard Gnida intentionally crashed the limousine carrying the trio back on June 13th, 1997, and if Fetisov is to be believed--though he is vague in his wording--the Red Wings treated the accident and Konstantinov improperly:

I don't know if Fetisov's accusations have any merit, and I certainly am disappointed to hear that he's become so embittered.

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That is sad.  I hope he finds peace sometime.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/04/14 at 12:51 AM ET

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Wow, sometimes when we can’t understand life’s events we look at things with a jaundiced eye.  There is no reason for a conspiracy and as far as I know the Wings have treated Vladdie with respect and dignity.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 02/04/14 at 12:58 AM ET

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That’s certainly a different perspective on the accident. Of course, it could also be one of those “English broken beyond repair” remarks, that has been interpreted in a way that wasn’t intended.

That is not to say I think anyone is being untruthful, nor do I believe every conspiracy theory I hear. Simply, I don’t know what to think.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/04/14 at 01:23 AM ET


by the law the limousine crash was not a team event. therefore he’s not allowed workmans compensation, insurance to cover long term care, etc. I had always assumed the wings were paying for it but apparently they are not. Vlady must only be getting insurance through the limousine company which probably isn’t very much.  good on Slava for speaking out on it

Posted by jkm2011 on 02/04/14 at 07:52 AM ET

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—They rented a limo privately for themselves…I do not see how their employer (The Wings) is liable here.

Maybe Russians do conspiracy theories better than Americans?

Posted by wedge56 on 02/04/14 at 09:06 AM ET

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