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Yaroslavl victims insurance pay-out slowly trickling forth

October 25, 2011

The mother of Yaroslavl player and Zlin-native Karel Rachunek at her son’s funeral. 

Blesk reported yesterday that the insurance pay-out for the families of victims in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash in September is gradually being distributed. Russian insurer SOGAZ has now paid out a total of 98 million rubles to families, which is roughly 3.2 million USD. Divided across the 26-man roster, that’s about $123,000 each.

It sounds as if this process has been a slow and tedious one. KHL head Alexander Medvedev had to go so far as to pledge that the money would eventually come through, as he hoped. It is unclear whether the families of pilots and flight attendants were also accorded insurance money, in addition to all 26 players who perished. All players’ families and the family of personnel received 300,000 rubles immediately following the disaster, with another 150,000 coming from the city of Yaroslavl itself. Either SOGAZ is short on money or this is just how things work. Tragically, the claims process and dependents must be quite obvious.

Russia and the KHL have a collective reputation of unstable and unreliable monetary transfers. There has always been talk of teams paying players late.  Let’s hope that the money makes it to these families, including personnel. Not all the players were stars on the caliber of Pavol Demitra, and for some, the money may be badly needed. I don’t know the state and specifications of the KHL’s players’ union, but presumably there are bylaws governing what these pay-outs must include.

Get it together, SOGAZ.

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