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The National Hockey League’s New York Rangers said on Monday that star forward Artemi Panarin was being targeted for his support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny by what it called a fabricated report alleging he assaulted a woman a decade ago. Panarin, 29, is one of the few elite Russian athletes openly critical of President Vladimir Putin. “This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events,” the NHL team said in a statement.
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