Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested Wednesday night on charges of third-degree assault and second degree kidnapping. He was unable to post bail at the time, as assault charges require the defendant appear in front of a judge prior to being considered for release.
Varlamov appeared in front of the judge Thursday morning and his bond was set at $5,000 dollars. He was also given permission to travel and a restraining order was issued to prevent him from seeing the alleged victim.
The alleged victim was Varlamov’s girlfriend Evgeniya Vavrinyuk. She claims that on Monday night, Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocked her down and stomped on her. According to to the arrest warrant, she claimed he also grabbed hair and dragged her out of her bedroom; and also that he had been drinking that night.
She was taken to the hospital, where she spent five hours completing various tests and X-rays.
She currently lives in her native Russia and was just beginning a three-month stay with Varlamov; her on and off boyfriend for the last year. Her attorney Robert Abrams says he plans to keep her in the area so she can testify against Varlamov.
"I've got her in hiding," said Abrams.
The Colorado Avalanche released the following statement: "The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation."
Russian official Igor Ananskykh seems to believe a conspiracy may be afoot. Ananskykh, who is the head of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs, had this to say on the matter:
"The situation is really strange, given that the Sochi Olympics will take place soon and Varlamov is a candidate to become part of our national hockey team which we do count on. What about presumption of innocence? It’s not normal at all. Varlamov will fall out of the training process which will have an impact on his readiness before the Olympics in Sochi. The first thing that comes to my mind is that it is an effort to weaken our national team."
The Avalanche will next be in action Friday in Dallas. No word yet if Varlamov will travel with the team.