Investigation into Cherepanov’s death reopened
Monday August 10th 2009, 7:33 am

The Investigative Committee of the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation has overturned last month’s decision which ruled that the October 13, 2008 death of former New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov was an accident and has ordered that the case be reopened.

On July 17th, the Omsk Regional Public Prosecutor’s Office ruled that Cherepanov suffered from chronic myocarditis and cleared Avangard Omsk team doctors of any potential criminal charges, claiming they had no way of knowing that Cherepanov was ill.  They also insinuated that Cherepanov hid symptoms of the disease from doctors and independently sought out and self-administered the drug cordiamin (a.k.a. cordiaminum), a cardio-respiratory stimulant that can be used to treat myocarditis, but is also on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

Cherepanov’s mother, Margarita Cherepanova, vehemently denied the accusation, arguing that her son refused to treat even a common headache without first getting the advice of team doctors.

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    Is it not likely that the same people involved in the last “cover up” will be part of the new investigation team?

    Comment by Elliot 08.10.09 @ 9:00 am

    Sadly, yes. The case has been sent right back to the same office in Omsk for further investigation.

    Comment by laurie 08.10.09 @ 9:22 am

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