The Russian heavyweight’s former promoter has been arrested for allegedly dealing drugs.
Oleg Raevsky, the former promoter and manager of Alexander Emelianenko, has been detained by police in St. Petersburg for selling cocaine.
According to Fontanka (h/t CrimeRussia), the 40-year-old Russian was arrested during a controlled transaction set up by the Department of Drug Control in St. Petersburg. Raevsky was caught selling 5.16 grams of white powder, which forensics later determined as cocaine. His buyer had already established an agreement with local authorities and the controlled transaction took place shortly thereafter.
Following the arrest, police seized twenty 5,000 ruble notes, all of which had been marked by the authorities ahead of the transaction. Police also seized a drug paraphernalia such as a leather bag with a spoon, scales, and a loaded gun. This further cemented Raevsky’s guilt.
Raevsky owned the Coliseum FC promotion in Russia, which operated until May 2014. He hosted Emelianenko’s most recent fight over three years ago – a TKO loss to Dmitriy Sosnovskiy – and has been vocal in his support of the controversial figure. Following Emelianenko’s 4-and-a-half-year sentence for sexual assault and kidnapping was announced in 2015, Raevsky referred to it as “political persecution.”
“The fact is that there is pressure on the investigation,” Rajewski told Sovsports.ru. “That is a fact. If the process was quiet, Alexander would have probably already gotten a suspended sentence. We see that everything was done to put Alexander in jail.”
In late 2016, Emelianenko was released from prison three years early and later announced that he had signed with Akhmat MMA, the promotion funded by Chechen military dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. This occurred in the wake of various members of Akhmat MMA, including UFC fighters Abdel-Kerim Edilov and Magomed Bibulatov, threatening Alex’s elder brother, Fedor Emelianenko for speaking out against the illegal child MMA fights that Kadyrov hosted in October.
Despite the evident tension between Akhmat and Fedor, Alexander has already made numerous visits to Chechnya and plans to debut for the promotion in the coming fall.