Leonid Fedun

Talk about the departure of Leonid Fedun from Spartak has been going on for more than a month. The general director of the club Evgeny Melezhikov, answering a question about such a development of events, said: “I don’t know.” “I hope not,” he added.

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General Director of Spartak Evgeny Melezhikov in an interview with Sport-Express answered to the question about the possible departure of the owner of the club, Leonid Fedun.

“Don’t know. I hope not,” the CEO said in response to a related question.

He noted that Fedun did a lot for Spartak. “Why should I say that his departure is good? This is not good. Is this possible soon? Let’s see. What will be will be. What I can’t influence, I don’t think about it, ”Melezhikov added.

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Photo: Ashot Khachaturyants and Nikita Simonyan (global look press)

On the morning of August 1, the Telegram channel Baza, citing sources, said that Fedun would resign as president of Spartak, and the ex-head of the Russian Premier League (RPL) Ashot Khachaturyants would most likely lead the club instead. Sources of RBC Sport in Spartak and an interlocutor familiar with the situation confirmed the information that the club is considering the option with the arrival of Khachaturyants.

In July, Fedun twice had to deny reports that he would step down as president of the club and be replaced by Lukoil’s first vice president Alexander Matytsyn. Fedun called this information nonsense.

Fedun has owned Spartak since 2004. In early March, he stated that he had difficulties due to the situation in Ukraine, but this would not affect the financing of the club. Bloomberg wrote that Fedun had lost almost 80% of his fortune since the end of February 2022. At the end of March, a member of the executive committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Vladimir Afanasiev, said that at one of the meetings Fedun complained that he had lost 99% of his fortune. The press service of Spartak then called the words of Afanasyev a free retelling.

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