New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin criticizes Vladimir Putin in interview on YouTube

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New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin criticizes Vladimir Putin in interview on YouTube
New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin criticizes Vladimir Putin in interview on YouTube

USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen breaks down which teams improved the most in NHL free agency. New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin rebuked the refrain from many in his native Russia — including ballet icon Anastasia Volochkova — who say they can leave the country if they are upset over the state of affairs under longtime leader Vladimir Putin. “All the major brains have already left (Russia)," Panarin told journalist Alexander Golovin who posted the hourlong interview on YouTube. "That's not the way it should be." Panarin, 27, was born in Korkino, a town located in a mountainous region of Russia where coal mining is a leading industry. He played two seasons each with the Chicago Blackhawks and

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