Found August 27, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Ilya Kovalchuk surprisingly bolted from the NHL this summer, retiring from the New Jersey Devils and signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia. It seems Kovalchuk didn't bring any of that American tendency to disagree with the government back to his homeland. Asked about Russia's vague -- but not so vaguely threatening -- anti-gay laws, Kovalchuk took the party line. "I agree, of course," he said. "I'm Russian, and we all have to respect that. It's personal and, like I said, it's a free world, but that's our line. That's our country, so everybody has to respect that." If it's hard to parse some of that -- we all have to respect that he's Russian? it's a free world until you get to Russia? -- Kovalchuk clearly isn't straddling any blue lines here. At least publicly, he supports the law that is kicking up controversy and concern heading into next year's Winter Olympics in...

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I swear to be true to the Lord, Grand Prince, and his realm, to the young Grand Princes, and to the Grand Princess, and not to maintain silence about any evil that I may know or have heard or may hear which is being contemplated against the Tsar, his realms, the young princes or the Tsaritsa. I swear also not to eat or drink with the zemschina, and not to have anything in common...

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Evgeni Malkin fights a 7-year-old during a charity game

During a Russian charity game put on by Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin stole the show after he "fought" a 7-year-old boy. During the game's second intermission, Malkin tangled with the boy and the two "fought" until they were separated by the officials.   The game featured players associated with SKA St. Petersburg and a local youth hockey team...
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