while ago, I wrote a rather long post on Reddit regarding Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov's domestic abuse case. It appeared in the thread, "Stolen from r/soccer: Persuade r/hockey that a popular opinion held here is wrong." Recently, Dario Ronzone expressed a desire to use that post to educate ignorant hockey fans, so it occurred to me that it would be better to move what I said on Reddit to a slightly more permanent location. Although the world's foremost expert on anything to do with Varlamov is vtcapsfan99, what I've pasted below still provides some truth on the matter. Presently, most people believe he got away with domestic abuse because he's a rich athlete.
In cooperation with Mile High Hockey's Cheryl Bradley, vtcapsfan99 is taking on the arduous task of presenting all the evidence she has accumulated on the case, which will do better than I have here to serve as a starting point for people looking to understand the true story.
What I wrote is pasted verbatim.
No, we won't ever know the truth, but that doesn't mean we can't evaluate what we do know about the incident and the people involved.
What we know about her and her reports:
It's hard to source a lot of that, unless there's a wayback machine for Facebook posts, but here are some.
Charging money for interviews: http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2013/11/25/semyon-varlamovs-accuser-being-paid-for-interviews/15784/
Evgeniya's best friend: http://lifenews.ru/news/122947. This article is in Russian, so you have to rely on google, etc., if you don't understand it. Someone on HFBoards translated it: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=74659583&postcount=589. Interesting parts:
The recording with friends: http://lifenews.ru/news/123363. Again, someone on HFBoards translated it: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=75499105&postcount=784.
Picture after "nearly being killed" in the Maldives; no evidence of abuse: https://vk.com/id141477602?z=photo141477602_305521620%2Fphotos141477602
EDIT 1: vtcapsfan99, who is the unquestioned expert on everything related to Varlamov, corrected me on the part about Saunders and confirmed her being able to speak English.
Contrary to what I said, Varlamov doesn't actually live with Steve Saunders, but rather spends "a lot of time with him and some with his family as well." For an example of Varlamov's relationship with Saunders's family: http://distilleryimage2.ak.instagram.com/64189cda0ac711e398bc22000ae80f0b_7.jpg .
EDIT 2: vtcapsfan99 has provided me with a wealth of information.
Footage of the Halloween party, which shows Varlamov singing karaoke and her lawyer alleges is relevant (i.e. he is supposed to appear drunk in it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOhoHdLwD0g .
Report stating Varlamov doesn't drink: http://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/Hokkej/NHL/spbnews_NI412906_Eksklyuziv-Sportboxru-po-delu-Varlamova. Slava Malamud agreed (https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/statuses/395895784283336704), saying, "At least one allegation against Varlamov (specifically, that he was drunk when the incident happened) reeks to high heavens." Another report states the same thing: http://gorod.samara24.ru/news/sport/2013/11/01/znakomyjj_semi_varlamovykh_semen_voobshhe_ne_pet/.
Russian video report: http://russia.tv/video/show/brand_id/5169/episode_id/929059. Translation: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=75044495&postcount=713.
Update to the recorded conversation: Slava Malamud, "... she says "I probably went there for this situation (to occur)". Her friend reminisces about the time Vavrinyuk was hitting Varlamov...", https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/status/406979868505567233. Again, according to Slava Malamud, she still believes their relationship isn't estranged: Vavrinyuk says, "He won't go to jail. It will be such a show if we get back together again!", https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/status/406980322023075840. Igor Eronko, "Lifenews.ru published Evgeniya Vavrinyuk's phone talk record where she said she planned to break up with Varlamov before she came to US", https://twitter.com/IgorEronko/status/406820943470673920. Id., "Vavrinyuk also confirmed she hit Semyon Varlamov first that night", https://twitter.com/IgorEronko/status/406821805748277248.
Lokomotiv's team president: http://itar-tass.com/sport/754097.
Varlamov's youth hockey coach: http://www.sovsport.ru/news/text-item/655572.
Kovy on the situation: “I hope he makes a deal with his “princess” and she gets her green card, which is all she wants”, https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/status/409075252623204352.
This is about 25% of what I was given, but lack of sleep has caught up with me, and citing all the possible sources (as vtcapsfan99 has done) is not a minor undertaking.
EDIT 3: MHH's managing editor reminds me to add that the DA found that the bruises on her body were not consistent with her allegations; they were too minor and found on her abdomen and wrist. Note that he was accused of kicking her in the chest. I can't provide a source for this yet, although this report does suggest inconsistencies in the case.